Aisha Buhari Arrives in Nigeria, President Still Expected

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Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, on Saturday returned to Abuja from Saudi Arabia where she performed Umrah or Lesser Hajj.

A statement by the Director of Information, Office of the Wife of the President, Suleiman Haruna, explained that Mrs. Buhari arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 3.15pm.

She was said to have been received by the Wife of the President of the Senate, Mrs. Toyin Saraki; wives of the Governors of Kebbi and Kogi states; wives of the service chiefs as well as the former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

She was said to have told them that she prayed for the nation and its leaders during the Lesser Hajj.

“I thank God for journey mercies, I prayed for Nigeria and Nigerian leaders and we should not relent in prayers and good deeds.” she reportedly said.

Mrs. Buhari, the statement added, urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and good deeds for Nigeria to prosper among the comity of nations.

She also expressed her gratitude to all Nigerians for the support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and also urged them to sustain the tempo.

Meanwhile, Buhari who has been in London, United Kingdom since January 19 did not return to the country on Saturday as speculated.

But our correspondent learnt that Presidency officials are still on standby for his return.

Mrs. Buhari’s arrival on Saturday was seen as a pointer to the fact that the President’s arrival is imminent.

“With his wife’s arrival, there is hope that the President will be back soon. She will definitely want to be on hand to receive her husband,” a source said.

Meanwhile, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, called on Nigerians to pray for good health and wisdom for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki also said there was the need for prayers for the peace, unity, economic prosperity, political stability and general development of the country.

The Senate President said this in his address during the formal closing ceremony for the 31st National Quranic Memorisation Competition in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, quoted the Senate President as also saying that the legislature would continue to “work to ensure that people can freely practice their religion without fear.”

He added that the National Assembly would not enact any law that will “stifle the freedom of worship” in the country.

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