Buhari now in London due to 'technical stopover' - Presidency

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The PDP invited Nigerians to note that President Buhari left the United States 48 hours ago and embarked on an unofficial visit to the United Kingdom for undisclosed reasons without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly.

The Presidency has, however, attributed his presence in the British capital to what it called "technical stopover". Instead, he had a stopover in London en route Nigeria, during which refuelling and the necessary checks were carried out on the small aircraft he had used for the trip.

Another presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said on Twitter Thursday that Buhari is expected back in Nigeria this evening.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Presidency to end its official secrecy and come clear on the reasons for President Muhammadu Buhari's alleged "technical stopover" in London. It has been taken for major repairs.

"So the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from U.S. to Abuja is broken into two".

Shehu also explained that the flight crew travelling with President Buhari made a decision to break the long journey to refuel and do the routine checks. The plane can do Abuja-Washington, that's about 12 hours and the maximum the plane can fly is 12 hours, 40 minutes. "But you don't need to push it to the edge", he said. This is very normal. "No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria!", Mr Obasanjo was quoted in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

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According to Flight Radar 24, a system that tracks air traffic around the world, Buhari's presidential airplane left Joint Base Andrews military airfield in Washington on Tuesday morning and unexpectedly arrived in London at 21:42 local time.

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

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He said "it was heartwarming to note that the President used the auspicious occasion of his visit to the United States to re-assure that an end to the killings in the country was in sight".

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