Villa staff put on standby for Buhari’s re­turn

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

All is now set for Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s re­turn from the United King­dom as State House staff have been put on standby.

Daily Trust learnt that some fam­ily mem­bers of the pres­i­dent and his wife’s se­cu­rity aides ar­rived Abuja yes­ter­day.

An aide to the wife of the pres­i­dent hinted that Mrs Aisha Buhari might also re­turn to Nige­ria Wed­nes­day.

Pres­i­dent Buhari has been in the United King­dom since May 7 un­der­go­ing treat­ment for an undis­closed ail­ment.

Mrs Buhari’s aide said: “The in­for­ma­tion just reached me now from the wife of the pres­i­dent, that ev­ery­thing is set for the re­turn of Mr Pres­i­dent to Nige­ria. Al­ready, some of the pres­i­dent’s fam­ily mem­bers and se­cu­rity aides of madam (Aisha Buhari) have just re­turned from London.

“The wife of the pres­i­dent may ei­ther leave London on Wed­nes­day or de­cide to come home with the pres­i­dent any­time soon. We have been told to be on standby be­cause Mr Pres­i­dent is re­turn­ing any time soon this week.”

Some staff of the State House, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives, also said they got a di­rec­tive yes­ter­day, ask­ing them to be on standby for the pres­i­dent’s re­turn.

The staff, who spoke to our cor­re­spon­dent on the con­di­tion of anonymity, how­ever added that the di­rec­tive did not con­tain any spe­cific date for the pres­i­dent’s re­turn.

“We were only instructed to be ready for the re­turn of the pres­i­dent at any mo­ment. No spe­cific date has been men­tioned to us,” one of the staff said.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesman, Femi Adesina, had last Tues­day quoted Buhari to have told the pres­i­dent of Guinea, Al­pha Conde that he was mak­ing good progress and that he would re­turn to his du­ties as soon as doc­tors ad­vise.

Yes­ter­day, the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari re­ceived a good­will mes­sage from the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN).

Shehu, in a state­ment, quoted the CAN Pres­i­dent, Rev Sam­son Ayokunle, as describing the news of Buhari’s re­cov­ery as “a re­ju­ve­na­tion of hope” and con­grat­u­lat­ing Nige­ri­ans “on the joy of hav­ing their pres­i­dent back soon.”

Shehu said: “Such mes­sages of good­will from re­spected re­li­gious bod­ies like CAN meant so much at a time, when peo­ple with ill in­ten­tions were strug­gling to di­vide the coun­try along re­li­gious lines. He also thanked the CAN for its con­tin­ued prayers for the Pres­i­dent’s health.

“The Pres­i­dency looks for­ward to fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tions with CAN to en­sure that Nige­ri­ans of all eth­nic and re­li­gious groups ben­e­fit from the poli­cies of the Pres­i­dent Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion which are aimed at im­prov­ing the wel­fare of ev­ery sin­gle cit­i­zen of our great coun­try.”

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