President Buhari returns home on Friday, March 10, 2017. We expect to see a 'born again' C-in-C in Aso Rock.
Buhari left Nigeria on January 19, 2017 and sought for an extension of what became a medical vacation on February 5, 2017.
What should have been a period of routine medical checkups soon morphed into a drama series of some sort, with Nigerians being treated to one picture or the other of their President meeting up with one dignitary or the other and grinning for the cameras.
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"President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to Nigeria tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017", the Nigerian Presidency has just confirmed in a statement.
The statement added that "the President left Nigeria on January 19, 2017, for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups.
"The holiday was extended based on doctors' recommendations for further tests and rest. President Buhari expresses appreciation to all, across Nigeria and beyond, for their prayers and good wishes".
We are pleased to have Buhari back.
He is after all, the President we voted for and not Prof Yemi Osinbajo who has acquitted himself nicely in an acting capacity, in Buhari's absence.
Once he returns home tomorrow, Buhari should seek another extended period of rest.
Maybe another month or two.
The Doctors who kept him back in the UK for this long are probably aware that this President can't cope with so much work at the moment.
Buhari should take a back seat role and allow Osinbajo continue to marshal the affairs of state--at the President's behest of course.
As everyone now knows, what Buhari lacks in energy and zip, Osinbajo possesses in spades.
The nation's number two man has been visiting States across Nigeria with the energy and exuberance of youth.
Should he want to hurry back to his work desk, Buhari should let Osinbajo run the economy while he busies himself with other aspects of governance.
With the Naira appreciating in value, the bombings in the oil rich Niger Delta reducing to a trickle and foreign reserves rising since Buhari's sojourn, there are no prizes for guessing who's got a calmer head when it comes to managing a faltering economy, between Buhari and Osinbajo.
Buhari is also regarded as a clannish, divisive figure in certain circles.
Hopefully, staying away from Nigeria and having had time to reflect and ponder from a sick bed, he's realised that he needs to be a unifier and pacifier to steer this nation to pastures safe and new.
Upon his return, he's got to begin to show empathy, care for optics and speak to the people a lot more.
He needs to shed the toga of an aloof, cold and uncaring Commander-in-Chief.
Welcome back, Mr. President.