Sources at the Presidential Villa, Abuja have exclusively disclosed to a Punch newspaper correspondent late on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari was being expected this weekend, as they’re put on standby over the imminent return of the president from London, United Kingdom.
The sources said that presidential aides and officials of the Protocol Unit, as well as security operatives, had been put on the alert over the President’s arrival.
One of the sources said, “The President is expected back this weekend. We are expecting him to return either on Saturday or Sunday. As of now, we are not sure of the time of his arrival yet. The Protocol Unit will confirm that to us later.”
Another official said if the President would return by Saturday afternoon, his arrival time would be clear by the (Saturday) morning.
Recall that President Buhari, who left Nigeria on January 19, was initially scheduled to return to the country last Sunday in preparation for resumption to office last Monday.
However, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, later issued a statement announcing that Buhari had notified the National Assembly of his decision to extend his vacation.
He attributed the extension to the need for the President to wait behind and receive the results of medical tests which he had undergone on the advice of his doctors.
Amidst growing concern that Buhari had extended his vacation indefinitely as his new resumption date was not included in his latest letter to the National Assembly, Adesina had during the week, said the President would return sooner than expected.
“In a communication to the National Assembly, the President did not disclose when he is coming back but the President may be coming back sooner than people think,” the presidential spokesman had told a television station