There was wild jubilation in Abuja, Katsina and other parts of the country on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country from London, United Kingdom where he had been for medical treatment since May 7.
Security operatives had a hectic time controlling the crowd as the President’s long motorcade moved from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the Presidential Villa.
Many residents of the Federal Capital Territory thronged the major roads from the airport to catch a glimpse of the President, who had spent 104 days outside Nigeria.
Some of them were singing, dancing with banners of the President’s portraits in hand, while others jostled to take photographs of the President’s convoy with their mobile phones.
The presidential aircraft that conveyed Buhari landed at the airport at 4.35pm to the excitement of all those present.
The aircraft then taxied to the tarmac amidst music played by the Guards Brigade along with a cultural troupe performing at the airport.
The President disembarked from the aircraft, NAF 001, at 4.48pm. He was received by top government officials led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Decked in a brown kaftan, Buhari mounted a rostrum and saluted the guard of honour.
He did not inspect the guard of honour before proceeding to acknowledge cheers from well-wishers and the dancers.
He, thereafter, got into his official car to be driven to the Presidential Villa.
The airport was at a standstill as workers made frantic efforts to get a glimpse of him.
Hundreds of workers, travellers and other airport users were stranded at the airport following the closure of roads in the area.
Many travellers and other people at the airport were forced to wait, as security operatives cleared dignitaries who had come to welcome the President.