Nigerians cannot wait to know when their president will be coming back from his prolonged medical vacation, the suspense has become too intense.
A report by Sahara Reporters indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria was put off at the last minute on Sunday, March 5 late at night.
According to the report, the president’s doctors did not certify him healthy enough to return home despite strong pressure from members of his inner circle.
The report cited unnamed presidency sources saying the desperation to bring the president back was so much that his close associates sent to London on Friday, March 3 the biggest jet in the presidential fleet, a Boeing Business Jet 737, known as “Airforce 001.”
Their plan was to ferry him into Abuja before the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Wednesday, March 9.
Though without valid proof, there are still claims that the president who Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, a former Minister of State for Information, claimed could return to Nigeria on March 6, will surely return this March.
Here below are 6 things to expect when he returns.
1. Osinbajo stops acting as president
As expected the wonderful Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo will have to go back to his post as vice president, a move which some would be a bit sad, in that he has been performing marvelously well.
2. APC will lash out at detractors
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been at the receiving end of all the blames and accusations regarding the secrecy shrouding Buhari’s absence.
So it definitely will be the ruling parties turn to hit back at all those who have made detracting statements about the president and his government, while he was away.
3. Rumour mongers will look for new tales to peddle
There are many who have fed fat from spreading rumours regarding the president’s state of health and how the nation has fared in his absence.
When the president returns hail and hearty, most of their theories will be declared null and void, but they sure will not stop there, they would definitely look for another angle of view, hence we can expect a new tale to be peddled.
4. The president continues his fight against corruption
As a man of his word, President Buhari, upon his return, would definitely continue to fuel the engines on which his corruption vehicle is running.
In his absence antigraft agencies have continued to operate, but you can be sure that when eventually he comes around, an extra energy will be put into the task of bringing corrupt Nigerians to book.
5. 50,000 youths march and prayer will end in great jubilee
The 50,000 youths in Daura, Daura Local Government Area in Katsina state who have held rallies in solidarity with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will have a filled day of glee.
The youths who rallied under the auspices of an NGO, “Buhari Youth Congress for Change”, will have a great celebration in thanks to God that their rallying was not in vain.
Daura is the hometown of the Nigerian leader.
Alhaji Musa Badamasi, the secretary of the NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the rallies were to accompanied with marathon prayer. Hence, when the president returns in will be an answered prayer for the youths, one that definitely will be celebrated.
6. I5,000 thousand youths will have their earlier welcome ceremony which failed
15,000 Nigerian youths were set to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when it was proposed that he would return from his 10-day UK vacation on Monday, January 6.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has said it had mobilised 15,000 youths to welcome the president, on the same day veteran singer, 2baba Idibia planned to lead a protest against the government.
Malam Gambo Jagindi who is the special adviser on media and publicity to the president of NYCN urged youths who are the future leaders of the country to show love, solidarity and support for the President.
This is what the 15,000 youths will do when eventually the long awaited president of Nigeria returns.
Till doctors certify him fit
Recent reports suggest that a rift might be ongoing between aides to President Muhammadu Buhari and the president’s doctors.
Sources in the presidency have said that President Muhammadu Buhari plans to return to Nigeria after his test results came in “fine.” However, Buhari’s return remains uncertain as his team of doctors in the United Kingdom are yet to certify him fit to take on the significant burden of his office.
It is said that members of Buhari’s inner circle are pressuring him to return to Nigeria in order to avoid a power vacuum that could scale down their influence.
President Buhari caused anxiety amongst Nigerians when he abruptly left Nigeria on a 10-day vacation late January.
He failed to return to Nigeria at the expiration of his vacation, instead writing to the Senate to indicate he was extending his leave in order to receive results from certain medical tests.
A variety of conflicting responses from the president’s aides and associates, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, helped deepen the uncertainty about Buhari’s status.
Many Nigerians and other groups accused the Presidency of hiding the true status of President Buhari’s health.
For all citizens expecting President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to the country soon, Nigeria’s number one citizen has said he would only come back to Nigeria when his doctors certify him well enough to return.
The president revealed this much in the letter he sent to the National Assembly to extend his vacation.
The letter, which was addressed to president of the senate Bukola Saraki, read in part: “… I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out.”
As citizens of Nigeria await their president eagerly, we can only hope that the president remains strong and gets certified fit soon to resume his duties back home, as commander-in-chief.
The nation awaits.