Early this morning, President Buhari returned to Nigeria, after being away for 50 days, since the 21st of January, 2017. His return has been met with mixed reactions and many took to social media to share their thoughts.
The Nigerian President account on Twitter uploaded a video of Femi Adesina, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, speaking on the return of the president:
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) March 10, 2017
We highlight of some of the best social media reactions to the president’s return below:
A Twitter user said President Buhari was “on an official visit to Nigeria.”
President Buhari arrives from the U.K. on an official visit to Nigeria pic.twitter.com/SyVXZGe4YB
— 👑 DaddyMO 🎓 (@officialdaddymo) March 10, 2017
Someone decided to point out how many people really wanted him back:
even your wife doesn’t want you back 🌚🌚🌚 http://t.co/7sWdymMOSR
— BRAVE TOLD YOU SO (@YarKafanchan) March 10, 2017
And others, well, they did this:
It will have taken him back to London http://t.co/696omB6CsA
— Mummy yo (@kikiokeke) March 10, 2017
This person was very unhappy at the possibility of his return:
Ooooohmm! Why did Buhari return back to Nigeria? Things will now start getting worse… pic.twitter.com/XswvFHoIB7
— ♔ Chibuzo Anthony ♔ (@KingAbsolute_) March 10, 2017
Others were upset at the return to ‘hard life.’
This is the first time in weeks we’re not having light throughout the night. It’s like PHCN’s already preparing us for Buhari’s return.
— Iseunife The First (@Shawnife_) March 10, 2017
And others just asked, “Why?”
Why 🙁 http://t.co/9IZlkVxW8P
— Adunni (@Dunns__) March 9, 2017
While his return was not necessarily celebrated by the majority of people on social media, others refused to follow the trend, putting out words describing happiness and joy at the president’s return:
It’s part gladness, part relief. He’s with us and I’m happy about it. I love my president. http://t.co/0vPnULS8t6
— Rinsola Abiola (@Bint_Moshood) March 10, 2017
I will not close my eyes tonight until he return. …..
I mean my President Baba Buhari pic.twitter.com/u2wAuPWofQ
— Aly Bunxa (@BunxaAly) March 9, 2017
Baba Buhari ikon Allah. Most loved Nigerian of all time. May God grant him good health, long life and safe return to Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/h8Tqh5kUSu
— Abdulhakim (@_Abdulhakim_a) March 9, 2017
Reactions were not confined to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook had their fair share of course:
The people of Facebook decided to offer thanks for the safe return of the Nigerian President:
The Nigerian president may have returned but already, there are conflicting reports concerning his health and whether he is fit to return. In an interview today, he jokingly mentioned that he deliberately scheduled his return for a Friday, so that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, can continue his duties. His media adviser, Femi Adesina, has said that he will hand in a formal letter to the Senate on Monday, which will allow him to return to his duties, legally.