Welcome back Buhari! That is one of the most popular messages being posted on Nigerian social media space. Even when the message is not exactly in those words, the spirit behind it is clear, many are quite happy the president is back.
Granted there are some people who will not be happy to see Buhari back, there are still those who are very happy he is back. Here are some categories of such:
The All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party to which President Buhari belongs will be quite happy with his return. There had been several insinuations and death rumors. The president’s continued absence would have been a serious dent on the party’s ‘Change’ mantra and image.
2. His family
The first family in Nigeria has been under immense pressure, with death rumours flying around. Aisha Buhari, her children and other extended family relations who have been praying are also among the happy ones.
3. His spokesmen
Buhari’s spokesmen including his adviser on digital media; Tolu Ogunlesi, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Femi Adesina will also be relieved and happy to have him back as they have constantly had to battle and counter rumors which started after he overstayed in London.
4. His staff
Another category of people who will be happy Buhari is back is the staff in Aso Rock. Pictures from the welcome he got showed a lot of smiling faces and joy.
One of the most stirring stories Nigerians have heard today is that of the watermelon seller who gave his wares to customers for free in celebration of Buhari’s return. While not all Nigerians are celebrating so generously, many are happy he is back.