Buhari bounces back, preaches compassion

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria after a 16-day medical trip to London, preaching compassion to Nigerians as he resumed his high profile job.

Buhari, who returned just in time to join his compatriots to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, pleaded with privileged Nigerians to show generosity and to help the poor all the time.

The 78-year-old president flew out of Nigeria on March 30 for a routine medical checkup. He returned on April 15.

At an airport ceremony on his return, Buhari responded to questions from reporters, challenging the new service chiefs, including the acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, to work diligently to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

“Oh yes, the service chiefs have been in the system all the way. They know what is wrong. They know what is right and I think they are doing their best.

“I hope their best will be good enough for Nigerians,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Buhari as saying.

The president, who earlier announced the acting I-G’s appointment while he was in London, revealed that due process was followed in the selection of the new police chief.

“Well, we went through the system. There was a committee by the minister of police affairs. They gave me some names and Baba happened to be the one chosen.

“He knows his job. He has been in it for a long time, he went through all the training. He has the necessary experience.

”So, we have high expectation from him,” added the president, who was received on his return by top government functionaries at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Earlier, Buhari in a message to mark the commencement of Ramadan prayed Allah to “accept our sacrifices and increase the unity, solidarity, peace and prosperity of the nation”.