President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to London on Tuesday for a routine medical examination.
At around 2:30 p.m., he left the Presidential Villa for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, from where he flew to the United Kingdom.
The President is expected to return to the country in the second week of April, according to a statement from his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
President Buhari met with the service chiefs in the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja before leaving on his medical mission.
At the meeting, he ordered the service chiefs to locate and apprehend the leaders of bandits and kidnappers in order to restore confidence in the affected areas.
He noted that criminals would no longer be able to control the tone of security in the country, and that he was aware of plans by individuals posing as officials to undermine the central government’s efforts.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, briefed reporters on issues discussed at the security meeting attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
Others at the meeting included the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Highpoints of the President’s departure are captured in the pictures below: