Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
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Buhari now in London due to 'technical stopover' - Presidency

Buhari now in London due to 'technical stopover' - Presidency earlier reported that amid cries from main opposition party PDP that President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption war is selective, United States president Donald Trump backed the Nigerian leader's achievements in his anti-graft campaigns.

Yet by 10:00 the following the morning, the aircraft was still stationed in London.

The party also advised the Presidency to reveal the real reasons for the president's "technical stopover" in London.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had in a text message to newsmen on Thursday afternoon claimed that Buhari made a "technical stopover" in the United Kingdom after his visit to the President of the United States of America (USA) at the instance of his technical crew who chose to break the long US trip to refuel and do routine checks on the jet being used.

Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in his explanation, blamed the situation on the aircraft which conveyed the president to the USA and how the aircraft couldn't undertake a really long trip. He however, arrived London Tuesday evening.

The Guardian reports that while Trump noted that there is massive corruption in Nigeria, he praised President Buhari doing a good job of reducing graft.

Buhari, in 2017, spent months in the British capital attending to his health.

During his three day visit to Washington, Buhari became the first African leader to hold bilateral talks at the White House under the Trump administration, while also holding meetings with various oil executives.

Shortly after the meeting, both leaders had proceeded to address a press conference where the US leader commended the effort of the Nigerian President in fighting corruption and terrorism in Africa's most populous nation. I am sure that nobody can say that Trump was flattering Buhari because he is not known for that. "So the best thing for me is to keep quiet".

"Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption".

In his words, "God will no doubt and must punish President Muhammadu Buhari for his poor economic management of the nation's resources". "The technical stop-over I talked about is that the journey from USA to Abuja is broken into two", Mr Shehu added.

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