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Aisha Buhari Toyin Saraki, others welcome First Lady back to Nigeria [PHOTOS]

Mrs Buhari was welcomed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja by Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday, February 11, returned to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia.

Mrs Buhari was welcomed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja by Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Also at the airport to welcome the First Lady were former deputy governor of Plateau state, Pauline Tallen; wife of the Chief of Army Staff; Ummu Buratai and the wife of the chief of naval staff, Theresa Ibas.

Mrs Toyin Saraki welcomes First Lady, Aisha Buhari at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on February 11, 2017. play

Mrs Toyin Saraki welcomes First Lady, Aisha Buhari at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on February 11, 2017.

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“I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for the goodwill and support for my husband and Nigeria in general,” Mrs Buhari said.

Mrs Buhari was previously seen in pictures with her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari in January after rumours of his death spread across the country.

President Buhari has been away from Nigeria since Thursday January 19, when he departed for a 10-day medical vacation in London.

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“During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups…While away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President,” a statement from presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina read at the time.

The president’s silence during his vacation has however given rise to fears that he is in worse condition than the presidency wants to reveal.

The government has also been forced on numerous occasions to dismiss rumours that the president had died.

“It’s only in this part of the world that you wake up in the morning and you say the president of the country is dead. I will not join that kind of debate at all,” Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said on January 25.

Concerns about Buhari’s health status were heightened when he wrote the Senate, on Sunday, February 5, 2017, to extend his vacation indefinitely.

“President Buhari has extended his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” a statement by Adesina read.

However, various government officials have assured Nigerians that the president is hale and hearty.

“The President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a very long conversation,” Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday, February 6.

Hajiya Rakiya, Buhari’s only surviving elder sister also told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that her brother needs the prayers of every Nigerian for him to succeed in the task of addressing the problems facing the nation.

“I just returned from the lesser Hajj, and even while in Saudi Arabia, I was communicating with him every day,” Rakiya popularly called Amadodo said.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki also revealed that he spoke to Buhari on Wednesday, February 8, adding that the president was in good spirits.

 

Meanwhile, the letter sent by Buhari to the Senate to extend his leave shows that the president will not return to Nigeria till “the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out.”

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