By Ismaila Chafe
The announcement that President Muhammadu Buhari will be returning home from London on Friday after his medical vacation has excited many Nigerians, especially on the social media.
The tweet @NGRPresident that originally revealed the president’s homecoming, generated over 1,200 retweets, one of the highest, beaten only by the President’s birthday wish to his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on 8 March.
In some reactions, praises were showered on the harbinger of the good news about the president’s return, Mr Femi Adesina, the media and publicity adviser, who broke the news on Friday.
One of the social commentators, Mubashsheer Mustapha said: “Femi Adesina, you have made my day by posting this good news. In fact, words are too scanty to aid the expression of my happiness on seeing this news.
“May God continue to bless you and your entire family, and also grant Mr.President a very good and sound health as well as the wisdom and courage to continue with the good governance of our fatherland.’’
Osquare Okpanachi said, “Baba while you were away, we the hailers match the wailers bumper to bumper and kept them quiet’’.
Jimoh Ibrahim merely posted “Allahu Akbar; Allahu Akbar; Allahu Akbar’’ while Olakunle Longe thanked God for answering his prayers on the president.
Longe posted, “Thank God for answered prayers. You have done a great and perfect job informing the populace about Mr President as being practised in other civilized countries of the world. Kudos’’.
Henry O. Henry, who saluted Adesina for breaking the news, said “I can’t wait to see my President and welcome him back home.Kudos to Mr Femi Adesina, Keep the good work going Sir’’.
Jide Adebayo, in his comments, said “salute to professionalism in information management. God bless PMB with greater strength to consolidate the gains of his administration and sanitisation of Nigerian nation.
“There can be no more cheery news at this hour.
Austine Ejeke, however, said “Shame to bad people! President Buhari is alive! Hale and Hearty!’’, while Auwal Hassan wished the president a safe return home, saying glad for the news….let’s the mischief makers go to …’’.
President Buhari left for London on 19 January partly for holiday and partly for medical checks.
He was initially scheduled to resume work on 6 February but extended the holiday, following the advice of his doctors that he should stay for more tests.
His absence in the country revealed the hate some Nigerians have against the Nigerian leader, with false stories about his health being circulated in the social media.
There were even malicious reports of his death and his being in intensive care.
But visits after visits by prominent Nigerians, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Assembly leaders, led by Senate President Bukola Saraki helped to reduce the intensity of the malicious writers.
President Buhari also kept himself in the news with phone conversation with American leader, Donald Trump, AU Leader, Alpha Conde and the King of Morocco. He also at various times spoke with the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Ibrahim Ganduje of Kano, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and others.
On Thursday, President Buhari received the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby. As it turned out, Welby merely came to say goodbye
The president’s arrival on Friday will finally put to rest the speculations about his health and will particularly shame his death wishers.