By JACKSON AHIABA, Abuja
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, arrived the country on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Nigerian time, after spending about 103 days in London while receiving medication for undisclosed illness.
It would be recalled that President Buhari, before leaving Nigeria for his medical trip abroad some time May 10, 2017, had transmitted a letter to the National Assembly informing them that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would act until he returns to the country.
With his return after a protracted health challenges, it seems there is hope in the tunnel.
It was a moment of jubilation and ecstasy across Nigeria as songs of joy greeted the air, with the popular slangs ‘Sai Baba’, ‘Baba ya dawo’ in Hause language which literally mean ‘The father must be’, ‘the father (of Nigeria) is back’.
The unimaginable tumultuous crowd that turned out en masse to receive President Buhari was very evident and a proof of his popularity among Nigerians.
Also, it was a moment of happiness for the ruling All progressive Congress (APC) and the party faithful.
Both the young and the old were all present at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to welcome the man who they described as the lion king.
There was also cultural display by different ethnic groups at the airport, while some aged women spread their cloths on the ground for Mr. President to pass on as a mark of love and honour for him.
This singular act of love and loyalty was a proof to Mr. President that Nigerians are with him and his administration.
Nigerians expressed optimistim that Mr. President’s return is a signal of hope and new things for the country.
As expected, he addressed the country on some important burning issue threatening the unity and corporate existence of the country since his absence.
It is important to note, that all is not well with Nigeria since the coming of President Buhari administration, couple with the maladministration of the country by the past governments, occasioned by the economic recession the country found itself, which was worsened by fall in crude oil prices in the international market.
For the administration, the task of governing the country became too difficult as a result of alleged mass looting of the nation’s treasury during the 16 year rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
When Mr. President was out of the country, there was rumour that he was dead and the country was heading towards a replica of late President Umaru Yar’Adua scenario, while some others insinuated that the president is on live support.
The purveyors of fake news seemed not tired that they went as far sponsoring different civil society organization to stage protest around major cities in the country, with the aim of making the country ungovernable for the APC administration.
But his return to the country alive has proved the President’s traducers wrong and also clear the coast of uncertainties surrounding his ill health.
Now that the President is back, Nigerians expect the Commander-in-Chief to swing in to full action to redeem the country from its plethora of challenges, which has been the bane of the country’s progress.
The electorates expect Mr. President, whom they love so much as was evident in the reception accorded him, to urgently address urgent national issues, including the ongoing industrial action embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as well as other monumental issues that are of major concerns to Nigerians.
Speaking to Unity Times on the arrival of Mr. President, Dr. Bawa Dangana, a Public Policy Analyst was of the view that the first thing he expects President Buhari to focus on was the immediate reshufflement of his cabinet. He urged him to swing into action to reconstitute his Economic Team for better service delivery. According to him, doing that will instill confidence in the mind of the electorates.
Others who corroborated Dr. Baba’s view advised President Buhari to wade in to the agitations of several ethnic groups that are planning to break away from Nigeria, adding that such ethnic nationalities should be given sense of belonging both in key appointments and infrastructural needs.
They stressed further that if there was a geo-political balancing across the six zones of the country, it will help in calming the agitations of the separatist.