Buhari 12 pictures to remember from President's 100 days absence

The Nigerian people don't know much about the president's health, but he's been communicating well in photographs.

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President Muhammadu Buhari leaving Nigeria for London play

President Muhammadu Buhari leaving Nigeria for London on Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Everything that could possibly be said about President Muhammadu Buhari's continued absence from the country has been said.

The president left the country on May 7 to resume treatment for an undisclosed illness in London, leaving Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in charge of the country's affairs.

77 days after he left the country, pictures of President Buhari finally surfaced online when he met with state governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 23, at the Abuja House in London.

Since then, he has met with another delegation of Nigerian governors, the presidential media team, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The presidency and the APC have had to hit back at every stone that has been thrown at them over the president's medical tourism in the land of a more adequate health care system.

From talks of the president's hypocrisy, to his irresponsibility, and to the oft-concluded nuclear solution of impeachment.

Despite all of that, today marks an unprecedented 100 days that the President departed the shores of this country.

Since it appears that the President will have his way over what should be protocol, we'll use this record-making day to look back at him in pictures released as part of his tour album.

1. President Buhari dines with his disciples

President Buhari with APC Governors and chieftains play

President Buhari with APC Governors and chieftains

(Presidency)

77 days after the president left Nigeria, pictures emerged of him dining cheerily with APC governors and leaders on July 23, at the Abuja House in London.

Nigerians should be thankful for this picture because it paved the way and opened the floodgates of photographed play dates of the president that were released over the following weeks.

It's also the first time the Nigerian people are informed about their president's high spirits and sense of humour.

2. President Buhari dines with 'B' team

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with a delegation of Nigerian governors in Abuja House, London play

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with a delegation of Nigerian governors in Abuja House, London

(Twitter/NGRPresident)

Due to the uproar about the clear partisanship of the first meeting with only governors of the president's own party, a second batch of governors, cleverly handpicked from each geo-political zone by the Nigeria Governor's Forum (NGF), was deployed to have lunch with the president only days after the first meeting.

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Buhari meets governors in London

The trip was another glorious opportunity for the Nigerian people to hear about their president retaining his sense of humour despite his very serious illness no one knew anything concrete about.

Buhari shares a laugh with State Governors in his London apartment play

Buhari shares a laugh with State Governors in his London apartment

(Presidency)

Clearly, they were not wrong about this. The man could probably do stand-up comedy if he decided Nigeria wasn't worth the trouble anymore and resigned.

In this handout photograph taken and released by The Nigerian State House on July 26, ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) poses with his wife Aisha Buhari (R) and the wife of Benue State Governor Eunice Ortom as he received a courtesy visit delegation at Abuja House in London play He's an apparent hit with the ladies too (NIGERIA STATE HOUSE/AFP)

 

3. President Buhari creates London tradition

President Muhammadu Buhari meets Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby for the second time in 2017 play

President Muhammadu Buhari meets Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby for the second time in 2017

(Twitter/@NGRPresident)

When President Buhari was in London for his first prolonged 51-day medical tour earlier this year, he met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

On August 4, he welcomed him to the Abuja House that has served as his haven for the past three months, creating a tradition in the process.

The Nigerian people didn't get to hear about their president's high spirits and sense of humour this time around, but this picture leaves no one in doubt.

4. President Buhari has his day out in the sun, finally!

President Buhari meets Lai Mohammed and Abike Dabiri play President Buhari with his media team in London (Bayo Omoboriowo)

97 days after he had not been photographed outside the walls of a room, President Buhari finally let his hair out and strode around the garden of the Abuja House while he was receiving his team of firefighters: Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu;  Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina; Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, Lauretta Onochie; and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

President Muhammadu Buhari with Femi Adesina, Lai Mohammed, Abike Dabiri play President Buhari with his media team in London (Bayo Omoboriowo)

 

The team also went to the trouble of delivering a 'Get Well Soon' card to the president, even though the narrative has always been that he has been well for quite some time.

President Muhammadu Buhari (middle), Lai Mohammed play L-R: Lauretta Onochie, Lai Mohammed and President Muhammad Buhari (Bayo Omoboriowo)

 

In case the pictures were not enough vindication, almost everyone on that trip remarked about how greatly the president has retained the ability to still crack a joke or two.

L-R: Lauretta Onochie, Lai Mohammed, President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu and Abike Dabiri-Erewa play "They hate us cos they ain't us." (NOT ACTUAL QUOTES) (Twitter/@NGRPresident )

5. President Buhari welcomes August visitor

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammadu Barkindo at Abuja House, London play

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammadu Barkindo at Abuja House, London

(Twitter/@SaharaReporters )

 

This late entry was released on August 14, 99 days after the president boarded the presidential jet to the United Kingdom.

He met with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammadu Barkindo and his children.

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammadu Barkindo and his children at Abuja House, London play

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammadu Barkindo and his children at Abuja House, London

(Twitter/@SaharaReporters )

Even though the picture above makes it difficult to tell, especially with the kids, Barkindo noted that President Buhari was "full of humour."

6. BONUS ENTRY: President Buhari comes in video, too (in case you were wondering)

Despite the good faith displayed by the presidency in releasing a stream of pictures of the president in London, unsatisfied Nigerians still clamoured for a video address dedicated to them by the president.

When his media team visited him on August 12, President Buhari granted half of that request, by appearing in a video, but one not exactly addressing the Nigerian people.

Regardless, Nigerians should be glad they could get this much out of the president.

While President Buhari waits on getting a clean bill of health from his doctors, the Nigerian people can stay contented with the president's stream of pictures.

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