Updated: Buhari lands in Abuja after visit to Trump, technical stopover in London

Updated: Buhari lands in Abuja after visit to Trump, technical stopover in London

President Muhammadu Buhari landed in the night of Thursday, May 3, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja after a successful official visit to the United States where he held bilateral talks with President Donald Trump.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential aircraft carrying the president and some members of his entourage landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 10.35pm.

The report said among those who received the president at the airport were the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Musa Bello, Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Malam Abba Kyari and some heads of security agencies.

Breaking: Buhari lands in Abuja after visit to Trump, technical stop-over in London

Buhari received by some security officers. Credit: Presidency

President Buhari was accompanied on the US trip by the governors of Ogun and Plateau; ministers of foreign affairs, justice, industry, trade and investment.

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Also on the entourage were the chairpersons of Senate and House of Representatives committees on international relations; director-general, National Intelligence Agency and the Chief of Defence Staff.

The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, had earlier today dismissed social and traditional media reports on the whereabouts of the president, who had a technical stopover in London.

Breaking: Buhari lands in Abuja after visit to Trump, technical stop-over in London

Top government officials who received Buhari at the airport. Credit: Presidency

Mallam Garba Shehu has said the president’s aircraft had a technical stopover in London.

“I am sure if you keep your ears to the ground, you will hear of his arrival soon,’’ he added

“The big jet is under repair. 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.

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“So the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from US to Abuja is broken into two. Technical stopover is that the plane stops at a point, refuel, do some checks and then proceed on the journey.

Breaking: Buhari lands in Abuja after visit to Trump, technical stop-over in London

Buhari heading out of the airport. Credit: Presidency

“This is very normal. There is nothing unusual about it. In any case, they are already on their way back home.

“It is a routine thing. The plane can do Abuja-Washington, that’s about 12 hours and the maximum the plane can fly is 12 hours, 40 minutes. But you don’t need to push it to the edge,” he said.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the presidency on Thursday, May 3, attributed Muhammadu Buhari presence in London, United Kingdom to what it called “technical stopover.”

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu made this known on the telephone.

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