Concerned Nigerians were wondering why President Muhammadu Buhari was still in London when he was supposed to have returned back to Nigeria. In response, the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Thursday provided reasons the President was still in London. Garba Shehu said the president had to stop over in London on his way back from the United States for technical reasons.
Mr. Shehu reveals that the President’s main aircraft is under repairs hence he was not yet back two days after he left Washington.
“The jet according to him has been taken for major repairs. So the president is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover,” he said.
Mr Shehu also said the “technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from U.S. to Abuja is broken into two.
“Technical stopover is that the plane stops at a point, refuel, do some checks and then proceed on the journey,” he said.
Mr Shehu said such stopover is “very normal” adding “there is nothing unusual about it.”
He added that Mr Buhari is already on his way back to Abuja.
“It is a routine thing. 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.
Mr Buhari was in the U.S. on an official visit. He met with President Donald Trump and both leaders addressed a joint press conference.