Buhari spent 103 days in London on medical vacation before he returned to Nigeria last month. While he was in the United Kingdom (UK), there were unofficial reports that he was on life support.
But when he received associations of farmers, businessmen, youths, elders and politicians from Katsina State at his country home in Daura, Buhari declared that it was God that healed him.
Buhari said that he returned to the country with renewed hope and strength to pursue policies which will improve on the livelihood of the people, and reposition Nigeria for greatness.
He said: “Considering the challenges we are facing as a nation, we have been doing our best to provide sustainable solutions, and we will keep doing our best.
“I am happy you came here today, and I am thankful for all the prayers. You are leaders of various groups at the grassroots, and you are closer to the people so you understand these problems as well. We need your support,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the leader of the associations, Zannan-Daura, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Daura, said that the President’s return signaled God’s interest in turning around the fortunes of the country. “On behalf of all the elders here, we are grateful to God that you returned alive, and in good health,’’ he said.
Daura, a former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, said that the President’s life of patience, endurance and contentment was exemplary, praying that God would give him more strength and wisdom to lead the country.
The President had earlier received the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and his entourage. Also yesterday, Buhari reiterated his commitment to the fight against corruption and other social vices in the country.
Buhari made the pledge in Daura, Katsina State when he received members of Daura Elders Committee who paid him a courtesy visit. “We will not relent in our efforts to free this country from corrupt practices, insurgency and maladministration,’’ he promised.
The President urged Nigerians to fear God and be just and fair in their public and private engagements. He thanked members of the committee for the visit, adding that “We are committed and determined to entrenching democratic values.’’
Earlier, chairman of the committee, Alhaji Lawal Aliyu, told the President that they were at his private residence to felicitate with him and wish him well. Aliyu, who holds the traditional title of Ubandoman Daura, said that the committee had always prayed for the wellbeing of the President and Nigeria. “We are happy that you are home and in high spirits,” he said.
A member of the delegation, AlG Sani Ahmed (rtd), said that the delegation comprised Islamic clerics, politicians, women and youth leaders. He said that the entire people of Daura had been in a joyous mood since the safe return of the president from medical vacation in London.
Ahmed commended the president, especially with regard to his anti-corruption crusade, infrastructure development and economic empowerment programmes.