Buhari returns to Abuja from Kenya, shelves UK trip


Despite earlier plans, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, returned to Abuja after attending the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

The president’s plane touched down in Abuja at about 1pm on Friday.

Buhari was supposed to proceed to London from Kenya for a two-week medical checkup, as earlier stated by the presidency.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja, after his participation in the 50th Anniversary of the UN Environmental Programme in Nairobi, Kenya,” a presidential aide, Buhari Sallau, posted on Friday.

However, in a statement by Femi Adesina, media assistant to the president, on March 1, Buhari was expected to spend two weeks in London for a medical check-up.

“From Kenya, President Buhari will proceed to London for routine medical checks that will last for a maximum of two weeks,” Adesina had said in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari attends special session on [email protected] in Kenya’.

While in Kenya, the president participated in the special session to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nation body.

During the summit, Buhari called for broader action to combat climate change.

He also reiterated Nigeria’s commitment towards addressing the devastating effects of climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of UNEP’s existence, we laud the efforts of UNEP and encourage broader action to overcome climate change, biodiversity, rising levels of pollution and waste being three major crises threatening our planet,” Buhari had said.

The president also met with Ibrahim Thiaw, executive secretary of the UN convention to combat desertification (UNCCD).

During the meeting, Buhari directed collaboration between the ministries of environment, water resources, agriculture and rural development, and power to combat desertification.

The president also had a meeting with diaspora Nigerians in Kenya.

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