Buhari to return after 103 days of medical treatment in London, to broadcast to Nigerians

Buhari strikes a pose with Lai Mohammed, Garba Shehu, Abike Dabiri in new photo

President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria Saturday after receiving medical attention in London for 103 days, the presidency said this morning.

Mr. Buhari left the country on May 7 after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Mr. Buhari would speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m. on Monday, two days after his arrival.

Mr. Adesina quoted the President as “thanking all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.”

PREMIUM TIMES was first to report that Mr. Buhari’s health had improved, and that he was waiting for clearance from his doctors to return home.

In that May 25, 2017 report, a source who sees the president almost every hour was quoted as saying Mr. Buhari was “doing very good” but waiting on his doctors to declare him well enough to return to his post.

Because of the huge secrecy that has surrounded the President’s real medical condition, many Nigerians were skeptical about that report. But PREMIUM TIMES stood firmly by its story.

However, shortly afterwards the president began to receive delegations from Nigeria at the Abuja House in London, with photographs of the visits widely circulated by the presidency.

On July 11, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo travelled to the British capital to meet the President, returning to say his boss’ health had improved significantly.

On July 23, Mr. Buhari received Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun. A photograph of the President and his guests at dinner during the visit was widely circulated.

Three days later, on July 26, Mr. Buhari met with seven Nigerian governors, led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and comprising governors of Ebonyi, Kano, Benue, Akwa Ibom, and Oyo.

On August 12, the President received his presidential media team comprising Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, and Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters.

The president was to receive Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara afterwards. He also hosted the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye.

Mr. Buhari left the country for London on May 7 to continue with his medical treatment.

He had returned to Nigeria on March 10 after spending 51 days in the British capital during which he attended to his health.

Upon his return, the president said he “couldn’t recall being so sick since he was a young man, including in the military with its ups and downs.”

He also said he could not recall ever having blood transfusion before.

The president also hinted that he would return to the UK for further treatment.

However, as soon as he returned to the UK in May, rumours began to spread that he had passed on, a speculation that was promptly debunked by the presidency.


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  • Coalition for Good Governance

    DEAR EDITOR,

    We thank
    the Nigerians in London for legally obtaining protest rights to barricade
    President Buhari’s London residence for round the clock RESUME OR RESIGN protest
    including; candle-lit marches around Buhari’s London residence. Within 24 hours of
    their obtaining protest march permit in London President Buhari had no option but
    to flee to Nigeria if he is to avoid international disgrace for sitting tight in London
    for over 100 days and expecting to be taken seriously as a President of Nigeria.
    Kudos also go to the British Home Affairs Secretary for facilitating the permit to
    smoke out a seemingly laggard Muhamadu Buhari from his hiding place in London.

    • No Komment

      “God has answered the prayers of
      the weaker Animals. The Hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the
      kingdom. We strongly believe in the prayers and support of the weaker animals.
      Long live the weaker animals, Long live Nigeria ‘

      ……….First Lady Aisha Buhari

      (August 17th, 2017)

    • arrowhead

      @disqus_GUv13wqwEu:disqus

      WHY COME BACK HOME IF MUHAMADU BUHARI HAS NO HEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY?

      THERE’s NO POINT IN this BRAVADO TO RUN HOME JUST TO GO AND SLEEP INSIDE THE VILLA.

      IF HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH HIS MORIBUND CABINET OF MINISTERS, Buhari SHOULD GO!

    • Frank Bassey

      THANK YOU COALITION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE. IT IS GOOD TO REVEAL THIS.

      • Ernest U. Ikoli

        @disqus_EkZWB7P0Qm:disqus

        The real question is this: “What is President Buhari rushing home to do that he could not do since
        May 29th, 2015? That is the question. Premium Times must allow us to raise the real issue after
        they have published this news. I did not say good news. I just said, news. Until somebody can
        tell me what Buhari is coming home to do I cannot say this is good news. In fact it could be
        bad news if he has nothing in his head. I hope you are getting me? We need answer first.

  • djay

    Devil advocates won’t like this. Lets wait to hear their next response since all their plans have failed.

    • Sai weytin?

      @disqus_GUv13wqwEu:disqus

      “Suddenly,
      Change is dead, 15 million votes gone down the drain, and it
      is all about praying abstract prayers for Buhari. About $30m spent on an
      ailment unknown to the people, a presidential jet grounded like forever
      accumulating fees in a foreign land, and unending weekly pilgrimage going back
      and forth on “ran ka de de” in London. All in an age when slavery has ended.
      Our season of pictures! Give them photos whenever they cry. The lowest form of
      knowledge in governance. A President on props, masqueraded in garments,
      packaged and presented in psychaedelic slides.

      • djay

        Poor education and improper info. I guess you were the one who personally signed and transfered the $30 million.

        • Banco USA

          Djay, I do no know how old you are, but I bet if you got seriously ill today you may be dead in a few days. Can’t you think beyond tribalism. Why are you not disturbed that Nigeria with all the trillions and years after years cannot build a state of art hospital for everyone to benefit. Maybe you are benefiting from all the stolen oil money that is why you don’t see any problem with the President spending even a penny overseas on medical treatment. What white man can do blacks can do better. People like you will make it impossible for Nigeria to talk with one voice or move forward, because of tribalism. Please wake-up. This is why the politicians are taking everyone for granted because of lack of unity among the ethnic groups. Please this is not about Ibo, Hausa, Yuroba, Ijaw, etc. It is about the future of our country and children.

          • djay

            You mean why PDP after 16yrs in power couldn’t build a state of art hospital. Corruption is the problem and BUHARI is trying to curb it .

    • Frank Bassey

      THIS IS THE OUTCOME OF “RESUME OR RESIGN”. STOP DECEIVING YOURSELF.

      • djay

        Protest 1 day and by 20 people right.mitchew

        • Frank Bassey

          Nigerians in UK had obtained protest right to force PMB to return home. He has to flee. Shey be he said he will only return when his doctors permit. So, the doctors permitted within 24 hours?

          • djay

            Your argument is weak and lost. From what we see of him since the VP and others started visiting, is health has improved and besides if he was no improvement on his health no amount of protest will make him return. Buhari is a superstar now everyone including you are waiting to watch is arrival on tv. That’s what God does for his own. Good over evil.

          • Frank Bassey

            SHAME. SHAME. What is “weak and lost” about my argument? Are you not aware of the planned protest by our patriots in UK? Did PMB’s health improve overnight? Yes, we will watch him return on TV. That’s the outcome of RESUME OR RESIGN. He should come and tell us what he wants to do with Babacbir Lawal. Nemesis is really dealing with evil-doers. Nigeria does not belong to anybody. Buhari must RESUME OR RESIGN; Period.

          • Sean

            You’re a failure and a moron! Be quiet! Writing epistle of jargons doesn’t endear you to no ones heart but imbeciles like you! Protest or no protest the Eagle has landed!!!

          • djay

            I feel your disappointment but what God has blessed no man can curse.

          • Frank Bassey

            Of course, the “Eagle” must land in obedience to RESUME OR RESIGN. Hide your face in shame. Kudos to Charlie Boy and his team. They have made Nigeria proud. RESUME OR RESIGN. That was/is the message; period.

          • djay

            Since he didn’t die as your likes had hoped now its all about resume or resign. Mitchew

    • Julius

      Keep reading sir. 1 of them is congratulating him sarcastically. They are shameless and evil ! You know when you turn on the light, cockroaches runs to hide.

      • AFRICANER

        You have zero reading comprehension training!
        The one congratulation you’re counting went to “YourMumuDonDo” people for smoking Buhari out. Read it again, slowly.

        • Julius

          lolz@ You have zero reading comprehension training! Oga, go get some rest . una go una self and Buhari go still siddon for Abuja dey miliki. By the way, please tell me why all of uyou biafools are so concerned about Nigeria, a country you are lying daily that is not good for you and your children and that you wanna leave ? Don’t you that your time will be best spent planning your brand new utopia country ? I’m just asking because your cries about Buhari makes no sense to me. Have you read me crying about who your biafraud president or ministers ?

          • AFRICANER

            Have you ever moved before, from one home to a better house?

            Aha, you go dey pack, while you still dey for your old house, you go take your time because it is still your house, you can bang the door in the house and it will be nobody’s business, because it’s still your house, until you sell it.

            Nigeria still belongs to Igbos until they sell it.

            I hope that helps you a little.

          • Julius

            “Nigeria still belongs to Igbos until they sell it” Hahahahaha, clarification, you all belongs not the other way around. Abeg, you can’t sell a country like una dey sell drugs and killing yourselves. But, I for one can’t wait till you leave . I’m praying even though I know your cry of leaving is fake , a fraud. You ain’t leaving because you hate yourselves and your country will fail within a yr. THe mart ones among you know that and are saying it. Hell, you can’t even leave the North with all your fake noise. talk less of the SW…Smdh !!

          • AFRICANER

            Do me a favor, go to an empty stadium, and Scream the following on top of voice, 666 times, the loudest you can:

            IGBOS, IGBOS, IGBOS, IGBOS! !!!

            Do it every day, for one year; your illness of Igbophobia will subside.

          • Julius

            Nah that would not be necessary since you are moving out of my country next week to your own brand new republic. Please, don’t tell me you are not leaving . Dummy, the reason why I and others are talking about you is because of your fake, fraudulent rants and noises you are making daily. Trust me, once you leave, nobody will be talking about you .We might be sending some relief funds to you and watching you killing each other in churches on tv. Just go, enough of your fake rants.

  • AFRICANER

    Congratulations “RESUME OR RESIGN”!

    Una well done.
    Aluta continua, vitoria e certa!

    • Aaapeecee!!!

      @AFRICANER:disqus

      It is so sad. So sad for Muhamadu Buhari. He has become the butt of all jokes in Nigeria
      and become a figure of fun overseas – not to be taken seriously for his poor judgment,
      but laughed at over drinks and scorned all around like something bitterly distasteful.
      So sad for a man who was ushered in as the CHANGE (naive) Nigerians strove for,
      only for him to make Nigeria far worse and without getting any policy call right
      since May 29th, 2015. He fails across the board on everything. Even on the
      simplest issue of fighting corruption Muhamadu Buhari is totally clueless.
      Will Nigeria not be a better place if Buhari is repealed and replaced?

      • AFRICANER

        I’d say Nigeria would be a better place if he is.

    • Julius

      Ha, help me Jesus !..so na Congratulations now after una don tell everybody say the man don die for UK ?. The Lord’s plan is the plan devil can and will never come close. Bury your shameful head, oh I forgot una no dey shame.

  • ACTION MAN

    May his healing be complete and permanent. Thank God that he survived this sickness and has returned home. May God take away from us. May God grant him strength and wisdom to lead Nigeria well and to do good to all men irrespective of tribe and religion.

    • Madame B. (Ph.D)

      Premium Times Editor,

      Premium Times should please demonstrate uncommon humanity and leave out professional correctness
      for once on the Muhamadu Buhari saga because it distresses me, as a bleeding heart, to see the photos
      of Muhamadu Buhari rehearsing and trying so hard to prove he can at least walk for a metre without props
      or crutches, whilst using clapping aides as background to show a marvelous feat. It’s very distressing to me.

      I therefore write this letter to Premium Times to stop publishing photo of Muhamadu Buhari’s walking practice.
      The pathos of it all is disturbing to my sense of humanity regardless that Buhari is an incompetent president.
      I can’t now foresee Buhari prising open the audit on Central Bank of Nigeria to recover the ₦1.3 trillion stolen.
      This walk-practising Buhari does not seem to be in any shape or form to dissolve his cabinet for a fresh start.

  • Julius

    If this happens somebody should find otile and hang him in the market square at broad day light to show everyone how to deal with devil. After all he told us the man was dead. So how can a dead man fly back home and broadcast his arrival and thank the Country ? . God will always shame the unrighteous and evil like otile. Thank you JESUS !!

  • Gary

    We thank God and his doctors for his recovery.
    And thank Charly Boy’s movement and our compatriots in London for hastening his return home to save Nigeria from further costs and international embarrassment.

    Una well done o. Now Buhari owes it to himself and the country to take the necessary next steps about his future: resign for health reasons.

  • Sean

    ON BEHALF OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE WHO FREQUENT THIS FORUM I SAY WELCOME BACK OUR DEAR PRESIDENT. HE WHO GOD DOES NOT KILL NO MAN MAY KILL. WE HAVE STRONG BELIEF IN YOUR LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE! THE LORD HAS SHAMED NIGERIAS ENEMIES AND ENEMIES OF MR PRESIDENT. NOW LET YOUR GOOD WORKS BEGIN. MAJORITY NIGERIANS ARE WITH YOU MR PRESIDENT AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR KERPING YOU ALIVE COS THE ENEMIES FOUGHT ON DIFFERENT FRONTS TO KILL AND DESTROY YOU AND NIGERIA, BUT EVERY STEP THEY TOOK GOD SHAMED THEM, THEIR LIES OVER YOU CAME TO NOTHING! NOW LET THE LORD DESTROY NIGERIA ENEMIES AND LIFT NIGERIA TO THE HIGH LEVEL IT DESERVES! ONCE AGAIN WELCOME MR PRESIDENT.
    LONG LIVE NIGERIA
    LONG LIVE OUR PRESIDENT BUHARI

    • Justice Equity

      Are you sure that you are sincere with what you have posted?,hope is not the same case with Yoruba obas who will go to abacha in the dead of the night to prostrate before him,begging him never to free MKO abiola and in the morning they call press conference to demand that government should release mko or the Yoruba will pull out of Nigeria.
      Please no harm intended just asking to be sure.

      • Sean

        Yoruba obas may prostrate, its won’t be the first time, when the Nigerian Army annihilated Biafran Forces, the Biafran forces knelt, prostrated begged for food and water, some of them even as denounced their agitation and names

        • Justice Equity

          They did under duress, for the fear for their lives,having been captured in battle, that was the most sensible thing any man with wisdom could do, Gen oladipo diya ,olariwaju,and adisa did same at the feet of al mustapha a junior officer when their treachery was exposed.
          Theirs was understandable ,but what was the reason for the double face Judas Iscariot treachery of the obas ,that was the classic example of what is called chameleon.
          I hope the post of @ Sean is not like what the obas did.

  • Sai weytin?

    @disqus_37tUayk10K:disqus;

    We thank
    the Nigerians in London for legally obtaining protest rights to barricade
    President Buhari’s London residence for round the clock RESUME OR RESIGN protest
    including; candle-lit marches around Buhari’s London residence. Within 24 hours of
    their obtaining protest march permit in London President Buhari had no option but
    to flee to Nigeria if he is to avoid international disgrace for sitting tight in London
    for over 100 days and expecting to be taken seriously as a President of Nigeria.
    Kudos also go to the British Home Affairs Secretary for facilitating the permit to
    smoke out a seemingly laggard Muhamadu Buhari from his hiding place in London.

    • Bobby Daniels

      @Sai Weytin:

      Why do you steal other people’s posts here? Can’t you write your own? Did you even take permission

      from @Coalition for Good Governance before you reposted this and put your name there as the author?

    • Ken

      We are watching them.

  • Ken

    We are watching all the drama.

  • The oneNigeria

    Those who said he is on life support has been put to shame . We thank God .

  • Justice Equity

    Open letter to president buhari

    Dear Mr president, I thank God for sparing your life and showing you mercy and given you another opportunity as you passed through the land of the shadow of death.
    Your recovery as had been witnessed by many Nigerians is both remarkable and miraculous, it is only another opportunity given to you by God for you to write your names in gold and in the chronicles of Nigeria kings.
    Sir it is not in doubt that yours had been the most controversial of Nigerian leaders,first you have the record of overthrowing Nigerian budding democracy in 1983 and thereafter left an unworthy legacy of nepotism, clannishness, hunger,pain,recession and death for Nigerians until IBB shoved you aside and Nigerians tropped out to celebrate the demise of your iron fisted government, the rest was history, then came your rehabilitation by abacha via the PTF chairmanship, your legacy under ptf was marred with high class tribalism, nepotism, hate bigotry, discrimination and marginalization of some parts of Nigeria in the projects and execution of infrastructures by your ptf,some even alluded to mind bugling corruption under your ptf until abacha died.
    You set your gaze on the presidency of Nigeria in 2002 and struggled for 16 years before God gave you another opportunity as president of Nigeria even at an old weak age.
    Today is about 27 months of your presidency, under your watch ,Nigeria have witnessed the worst atmosphere of acrimony, hate,malice, falsehood peddling, lies,propaganda, hunger,untimely deaths,wars ,rumours of wars,quit notices ,never heard of in Nigeria.
    Hitherto peaceful neighborhood had turned enemies under your watch, more Nigerians have died,traumatised, agonized, overwhelmed, hungry and sick as a result of your presidency.
    Dear Mr president, as God affords you another opportunity, please use it to the glory of God,if you start the process of healing the wounds of Nigeria today,you can still make it,if you abandon your hate,clannish, partisan bigotry today and go extra mile to pacify ,console and embrace the sections of Nigeria whom you have discriminated against ,whom you have humiliated, whom you have treated with negative bias ,you can still make it.
    Please use the occasion of your up coming national broadcast to unify Nigeria, apologize to Nigerians whom you have treated with negative bias, promise them of immediate and practical remedy and embrace them with fatherly love ,reconciliation and mercy ,so that peace shall return to Nigeria .
    I plead with you to dissolve and immiediately reconstitute your government with clear reconciliatory, fence mending, unity government that shall carry all Nigerians geopolitical zones along in sincerity and give every geopolitical zones a clear and sincere sense of belonging to Nigerian nation.
    Make it your point of duty to see all Nigerians as your children without discrimination, develop every geopolitical zones of Nigeria with the same passion with discrimination and God will surely bless you and give you peace,progress, good development, prosperity in your tenure as the President of Nigeria.

    • Sean

      IPOB TERRORIST ORGANISATION PRESS RELEASE! That was expected of you though! Your leader Kanu is going back to prison very soon.