Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made a "technical stopover" in London after meeting US President Donald Trump in Washington, his spokesperson said on Thursday.
Among those who received the president at the airport were the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Musa Bello, Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari and some heads of security agencies.
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.
He said the "big" president jet is faulty and is now undergoing repairs, while the one he is using is limited in capacity.
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.
The explanation was offered by the President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
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Shehu said this while clarifying his earlier comment that the president had a "technical stopover" in London.
Shehu also explained that the flight crew travelling with President Buhari chose to break the long journey to refuel and do the routine checks.
"So the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from the U.S. to Abuja is broken into two".
Uzodimma, also the Senate Committee Chairman on Custom, Excise and Tariffs, who only last week joined APC said such rare commendations coming from no less a person than the President of the World's best democracy, the United States, only go to show that the Buhari led Federal Government is indeed making visible progress, particularly in the areas of corruption and terrorism. "But you don't need to push it to the edge", Shehu said.
He noted that the procedure was normal and that the President was already on his way back to Nigeria.
The PDP, therefore, urged President Buhari's handlers to adequately prepare him before global outings as well as ensure full disclosure on all his visits outside the country, since he embodies the image and integrity of our nation, until May 29, 2019.