President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday returned to the country after spending 49 days on medical vacation in the United Kingdom, sparking celebrations in Abuja and some Northern states.
Many well-wishers slaughtered rams, chickens and celebrated on the streets.
Wild jubilation in Abuja, Katsina, others.
There was jubilation in the FCT following Buhari’s return on Friday after a prolonged absence.
Hundreds of youths in the FCT, particularly in the satellite towns, trooped out as early as 9am on hearing the news of the President’s return.
In Maraba, a border town between Nasarawa and Abuja, hundreds of youths were sighted along Abuja-Keffi Road, celebrating the President’s return.
Abuja-Nasarawa Road was also shut down as it had been taken over by some northerners celebrating Buhari’s arrival and chanting, ‘Sai Baba’.
In Nyanya and Karu, youths, particularly from the northern part of the country, were jumping up and shouting “Baba oyoyo, baba yadawo (Baba welcome. Baba has returned). 2019, babu chanji (2019, no change).”
There was also jubilation by residents in Jos, Plateau State, particularly along Bauchi Road.
It was learnt that there was reckless driving by youths and commercial tricycle operators in areas on Bauchi Road and Murtala Muhammed Way.
In Buhari’s home state, Katsina, there was also festive mood for the better part of Friday as several residents trooped to the streets to celebrate the President’s return.
“I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man, including in the military with its ups and downs,” Buhari said.