Medical Vacation: The Difference Between Buhari’s 2016 Return And 2017 (See Photos)

After being away for 51 days, President Muhammadu Buhari finally returned to the country at about 7.40am on Friday, March 10.

Buhari left the country on January 19, on a 10-day medical vacation, stating that he would resume duty on February 6.

However, on February 5, the presidency announced that that Buhari would be extending his vacation indefinitely for medical reasons.

The president’s absence has been a major topic on the lips of Nigerians and there were speculations over his health status but the presidency kept assuring the people that he was hale and hearty.

This is not the first time Buhari would be embarking on a medical vacation. Last year June, he travelled to the United Kingdom, where he saw an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection.
His recent vacation is the longest he has been away from Nigeria.

Here is what you need to know about his 2017 medical vacation and that of 2016.

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1. Number of days away

In 2016, he spent 13 days away. He traveled to the UK on June 6 and returned on June 19. This year, he was away for 51 days.

2. Health status

Last year’s vacation, Nigerians were told his medical condition that he had an ear infection but this recent vacation, all Nigerians kept hearing was he was hale and hearty. The presidency only disclosed that he was waiting for his medical results.

3. Arrival

In 2016, the president and his entourage arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 6pm. This time, due to the closure of the Abuja airport, he landed at the Kaduna airport in the early hours of Friday, following which he was to be flown by helicopter to the President Villa, Abuja.

4. How he was welcomed

When he returned in 2016, he was received by governors, ministers and top personalities, this time around, he was received in Kaduna by Acting Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala and senior KDSG officials.


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