Thousands of pro-President Muhammadu Buhari protesters on Saturday
temporarily blocked the highway along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport Abuja (NAIA) singing and dancing to welcome President Buhari
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that security personnel
deployed to ensure smooth traffic flows along the highway abandoned
their duty posts as they could not control the crowds, shouting “Sai
Some of the pro-Buhari protesters were also heard casting and shouting
unprintable words at Charles Oputa, otherwise known as Charly Boy, who
led a protest movement calling on President Buhari to return home or
Another set of protesters also stormed the Supreme Court’s gate of the
Presidential Villa, begging the security personnel on duty to allow them
enter the main premises of the Villa to welcome the President.
NAN reports that President Buhari, who returned to Abuja on Saturday
without his wife, Aisha, was received at the airport by the acting
President, Yemi Osinbajo, six state governors, ministers and some
NAN reliably learnt that Aisha Buhari, who was with her husband in
London during his medical vacation, would soon be returning to Nigeria.
Among those at the airport to welcome the president included members of
the National Assembly, service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police
Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari as well as
other presidential aides.
Others at the airports were the National Security Adviser to the
President (NSA) Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; the
Director-General, Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, and
other dignitaries from and within Abuja.
The President took a national salute from the Presidential Guards
Brigade while cultural groups were also singing and dancing to welcome
him back home.
The President, who has since retired into his official residence in
the Presidential Villa, Abuja, is expected to speak to Nigerians in a
broadcast on Monday at 7a.m.