Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, commended Nigerians for their prayers and goodwill while he was out of the country for treatment.
The president, who was addressing selected journalists shortly after his arrival from London, United Kingdom, said he would rededicate his life to the service of the country.
He insisted that his commitment to serving the nation and protecting the rights of all Nigerians were unshakable.
Speaking about his health, which had become a subject of controversy while he was absent, Mr. Buhari owned up to the fact he was sick.
He, however, maintained that his health has improved significantly, following the medical attention he received in the UK.
“I am feeling much better now. There may, however, be need for further follow up within some weeks,” the president said.
“I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike who have prayed and have continued to pray for my good health.
“This is a testimony that despite the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the government in its effort to tackle our country’s challenges.
“The best way for me to repay you is to rededicate myself to serving you, protecting your interest and keeping your trust. I thank you very much.”
Also, speaking, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, expressed happiness that the president returned “hale and hearty” to the country.
He thanked the president for transmitting power to him before leaving the country but in a tint of humour said he had a tough job “going around in borrowed robes.”
“It is a day of joy not only for us but for the whole country, Africa, and the world. Your arrival has vindicated our position that you will return safely,’’ Mr. Osinbajo said.
Mr. Buhari had on January 19, wrote to the National Assembly, transmitting his powers to the vice president with effect from January 23, just as he left for vacation in the UK.
This was contained in a statement signed by the president’s Special Adviser on Medi and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Mr. Adesina said the president was proceeding on vacation for 10 working days with effect from Monday, January 23.
While saying, the trip was a part of his annual leave, Mr. Adesina said the president would resume work on February 6.
The president did not return as planned, however, another letter was sent to the National Assembly to announce that he would be spending some more time to get the result of some of the tests carried out on him.
After spending 51 days away, Mr. Buhari returned to the country at 7.40 am, on a presidential jet with registration number: 5n-FGN.
The presidential jet landed at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna from where he was flown straight to the Aso Rock Vila, Abuja.