Presidency explains Buhari's London stopover

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Uzodimma noted that an obviously impressed President Donald Trump of the USA, could not hide his admiration for the good works of President Buhari when he poured accolades on him for fighting corruption and leading the fight in Africa against terrorism.

Garba Shehu had earlier explained that technical stopover hindered the President from arriving Nigeria on Wednesday after leaving Washington on Tuesday morning.

The president's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina had earlier today dismissed social and traditional media reports on the whereabouts of the president, who had a technical stopover in London.

President Trump, during the meeting hailed president Buhari's integrity, while affirming his support for him. It has been taken for major repairs. So the President is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover.

When contacted on the matter, Shehu, who was on Buhari's delegation to USA said, "They had a technical stopover in London". The technical stopover is that the plane stops at a point, refuels, undergoes some checks and then proceeds on the journey.

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The Senator who made the commendation in Abuja yesterday said "President Buhari made Nigerians proud by his candour and excellent account of the achievements of the Federal Government". This is very normal.

Buhari said on his return to Nigeria from London past year that he "had never been so sick" and had undergone blood transfusions.

"It is a routine thing".

"The Presidency must understand that President Buhari is not a private citizen and as long as his upkeep and itinerary are sourced from our hard-earned resources, there must be full disclosure, as citizens deserve to know the goal of the visit and the cost to our nation".

Our correspondent however learnt that Buhari's scheduled trip to his hometown, Daura in Katsina State might have been cancelled due to the delay in his arrival back in the country.

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