"I support you President Muhammadu Buhari".
Yet by 10:00 the following the morning, the aircraft was still stationed in London.
"PMB arrives Abuja this evening", wrote Femi Adesina, Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Twitter.
He noted that although the herdsmen crisis has been an age-long challenge in Nigeria, they do not carry guns but only wield sticks and occasionally machetes.
President Buhari warned journalists that a media that cavils would only generate unwarranted tension in a plural society like Nigeria.
The Presidency has criticized the media for the way they presented the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and his host, United States President Donald Trump, especially on the killing of Christians in the country.
Malam Garba Shehu, who also commented on the matter, said the president's aircraft had a technical stopover in London.More news: Dino Melaye stretchered to court in Kogi by police
Trump emphasized that Nigeria is "a valued partner and a good friend" to the United States even as he urged Buhari to take religious persecution and violence seriously and map out an appropriate response.
The stopover also raised speculation over the state of Buhari's health, given that he has previously traveled to London for treatment on an undisclosed condition between 2016 and 2017.
"Furthermore, President Buhari's admission at the Voice of America (VOA) that he was unable to reach any agreement with President Donald Trump on any matter of interest to Nigeria, during his USA visit and that he has no future development agenda to validate his 2019 re-election bid, confirm our position that the Buhari administration has nothing to offer Nigerians", PDP added.
"In the last 24 hours, the Internet has been bombarded with deliberate falsehoods aimed at hoodwinking the unsuspecting Nigerians to believe that Obasanjo has now supported Buhari for his second term, because of some perceived Buhari's "superlative" performance in his encounter with Trump during his visit to the White House in Washington D. C".
Buhari, visiting the United States on a mission to drum up more counterterrorism support and USA business investment, thanked Trump for Washington's support to help rebuild the country's northeast, which has been under assault for nine years from Boko Haram.
"Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption", Trump added.
"So the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from the U.S.to Abuja is broken into two".