The president returned to the country hours after the protesters held a vigil outside the place where Buhari stayed during his 103-day medical vacation in the UK.
During a meeting with governors at the presidential villa on Friday, Buhari wondered if those who are “stuck there with Brexit” have weighed the implications with regards to ownership of property and payment of tax.
The president said if those Nigerians eventually sell off their property in the UK, they should bring the proceeds back to Nigeria because “we need it very badly here”.
“In fact, some groups in London came and sang the national anthem and asked that I should go back home, indeed I have come back home,” Buhari said.
“I hope those who went there are not stuck there, they will come back and join us. Those that are stuck there with the Brexit I hope they have weighed the implications that it won’t affect them including those that have property there, those who are not paying tax here, I hope when they sell their property there they will bring some of the money here. We need it very badly here.”
He commended Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for effectively running the government in his absence.
“The efforts by the vice-president are commendable. He used his intellect to run all over the place. I was seeing him 24 hours on NTA. I congratulate them and I allowed him to come and see me to thank him personally for what he has done,” he said.
“I thank you very much for the national approach in your leadership. Those who are leaders at political level and those who are chief executives in their respective states. I had so much time to watch television NTA. I heard so much information about the states.”