Buhari returns to Abuja from Washington DC

Olusegun Obasanjo
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Olusegun Obasanjo Sahara Reporters Media

"Furthermore, President Buhari's admission at the Voice of America (VOA) that he was unable to reach any agreement with President Donald Trump on any matter of interest to Nigeria, during his U.S. visit and that he has no future development agenda to validate his 2019 re-election bid, confirm our position that the Buhari administration has nothing to offer Nigerians", PDP added.

He later clarified, "The big jet is under repairs".

However, after it was discovered that the president's official Eagle One aircraft had landed in London on Tuesday without any official reason given to the public for two days, the presidency was forced to explain that the president was on a "technical stopover".

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari for his "mediocre" performance during his latest trip to the United States.

DAILY NIGERIAN reported that Mr Buhari had delayed his return journey to Nigeria after his official visit to the United States of America due to what his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described as a technical stopover.

Buhari said on his return to Nigeria from London past year that he "had never been so sick" and had undergone blood transfusions. It has been taken for major repairs.

President Buhari had with him the Governors of Ogun and Plateau; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Industry, Trade and Investment; the Chairpersons of Senate and House of Representatives committees on global relations; the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), the Chief of Defence Staff and Nigeria's Ambassador to the United States. "We talked about that, he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress and I think they will continue to make a lot of progress". The technical stopover is that the plane stops at a point, refuels, undergoes some checks and then proceeds on the journey.

This is very normal.

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. "In any case, they are already on their way back home".

"It is a routine thing. But you don't need to push it to the edge", Shehu said.

"Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption". Trump had extended this invitation to Nigeria - the largest African country - as a diplomatic gesture to mend fences following his few harsh remarks about the African continent.

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