President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday returned to Abuja from his trip to the United States after he has made a “technical stopover” in according to the Presidency.
The 75-year-old President Buhari spent months in the British capital last year for treatment to an unspecified illness, raising questions about his fitness to govern.
Presidency spokesman Garba Shehu indicated health matters were not the reason for breaking the journey back from the United States.
“The big jet is under repair. So, the president is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover,” he said.
“The technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from US to Abuja is broken into two.”
Buhari met Trump in the White House on Monday and left Washington on Tuesday. The London pitstop was not announced.
Another presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said on Twitter Thursday that Buhari is expected back in Nigeria this evening.
Buhari said on his return to Nigeria from London last year that he “had never been so sick” and had undergone blood transfusions.
In seeking re-election in 2018, Buhari is defying calls from political heavyweights to step aside for a younger, more dynamic candidate.