Presidency keeps mum as Buhari returns sooner than planned

The Nigerian presidency has kept mum on President Muhammadu Buhari’s surprised return to the country on Friday, after officials said previously that he would be seeing his doctors in London.

The president had participated in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.

President Buhari’s media handlers had said he would be visiting London as part of his two weeks itinerary. Buhari who is three years into his second and final tenure as president has, since he was first elected in 2015, gone on medical tourism for more than 15 times.

There are speculations the president returned to the country because of the lingering petrol scarcity as many filling stations across the country are running dry of the essential commodity. Nigeria has faced scarcity of premium motor spirit, (PMS) at fuel stations as the NNPC makes efforts to manage challenges caused by recent import of contaminated fuel and attendant distribution shortfall.

President Buhari doubles as the country’s petroleum minister.

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