President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s ailing President who has been away from the country for over 90 days will be returning today.
According to a tweet shared by Seun Okinbaloye, a reporter with ChannelsTV, sources from the presidency confirmed his planned arrival.
The Presidency has also confirmed the president’s return in a tweet.
The president is expected to arrive Nigeria much later in the afternoon.
FLASH: @NGRPresident Buhari presidential jet left Stansted Airport in London at 10:27 AM UK time today heading to Abuja. ETA 4:30 PM in ABV
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) August 19, 2017
Since his absence from the country, many opposing voices have argued that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has not been allowed to fully act as the president.
However, President Buhari handed over powers to his deputy before he left the country. While there was a ‘coordinating’ clause added to the letter he transmitted to Nigeria’s National Assembly, it was overlooked. The Senate concluded that the Vice President has full powers of the President.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy by market size but it is far behind South Africa in infrastructure capital and financial markets. Both countries are in a recession, but the latter is gradually exiting its first in over 20 years.