The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed joy as President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country more than two weeks after he left for the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up.
The ruling party noted that Buhari, having gone on that trip, is back re-energized and re-committed to lifting the party and executing its developmental plans.
The National Secretary of the party’s Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) said this in a welcome address issued in Abuja on Friday.
He said the party was highly elated at the return of President Buhari.
“Mr president is undoubtedly re-energised and recommitted to executing the lofty developmental objectives of the APC-led administration,” he said.
The APC scribe also prayed for Buhari’s continued good health and wisdom to pilot the nation’s affairs and to achieve the APC-led government “Next Level’’ agenda to uplift Nigerians.
Recall that trip generated a lot of controversies as Nigerians as well as critics faulted the presidency for taking such a move at a time when the country was in turmoil.
Many even criticized the government for failing to rejuvenate the health sector but run to foreign countries at the slightest opportunity.
Among other concerns was fear of the seriousness of the President’s health status. Many worried if Buhari was having frail health to want to embark on such a journey rather impromptu. But the presidency clarified that it was a routine check-up.
Buhari, 78, has made repeated trips to London since he came to office in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019, though the nature of his ailment has never been made public.
His health became a subject of debate before the last election when the opposition claimed he was not physically fit to govern — but Buhari won a second term.
The latest London trip came just before doctors in Nigerian government hospitals went on strike over pay and inadequate facilities.