Maiduguri, March 10, 2017 (TNE): Residents of Maiduguri have described President Muhammadu Buhari as their hero, saying they missed him so much during his 51-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
They had cause to be happy because Maiduguri was once a hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
The residents went wild in ecstasy on Friday morning when news of his return was broadcast.
”I am very happy to hear the good news about the president’s return. We have missed him for quite some time now,” Malam Jubrin Gunda, a legal practitioner said.
Gunda said that Buhari had emerged a hero in the North East for defeating the Boko Haram terrorists.
” Buhari is the hero of our time because he gave us peace in Borno and in the North East in general.
“You can imagine what would have happened to us here if Buhari had not assumed leadership of the country in 2015,” he said.
Gunda, also Secretary of the vigilante Civilian JTF, said the recovery of the president was due to the prayers of the people.
“We are happy that God have answered our prayers by healing him.
“We will continue to pray for him to succeed in his crusade to make Nigeria a better place,” he said.
Mrs Yagana Bakura, a bean cake seller, corroborated Gunda’s assertion, saying that the mass majority of the people were behind Buhari.
“We were disturbed after he failed to come back early.
“We got more confused when he heard rumours about his health, so we began fervent prayers all over, and now, we thank God that the prayers have been answered,” Bakura said.
A cross -section of the people who spoke to The Nigerian Expression in Lokoja thanked God for restoring the President’s health but advised him to take things easy.
One of them, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman wanted him to devolve more responsibilities to his Vice President for now until he fully recovers.
Mrs Monica Yachim, in her reaction, was full of thanks and praises to God for the safe return of Buhari.
He called on the president to reshuffle his cabinet and work with patriotic Nigerians to bring the desired change to the country.
Mohammed said that the issue of electricity , exchange rate of the Naira, poor infrastructure and the economy, should engage more attention of the president.
The president arrived in the country on Friday through Kaduna Airport following Wednesday’s closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport which is undergoing rehabilitation.
His plane landed at the VIP Wing of the 401 Flying Training School of the Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, at about 7.40 a.m.
He was received by the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Barnabas Bantex.
The president was later flown by a presidential helicopter to Abuja.
Buhari left the country on Jan. 19 on a 10-day vacation which was later extended based on a medical advice by his doctors to enable them to carry out further tests and treatment on the president. (TNE)