Jonathan was received at the airport by his Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Jones Arogbofa (rtd.); Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed and the acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba among others.
On arrival at the Presidential Villa, the President retired into his official residence where he was also received by family members and some close aides.
He is expected to lead the Federal Government delegation to a Service of Songs being organised in honour of the late former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, holding at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja today.
Abati had on Thursday issued a three-paragraph statement indicating that Jonathan, with a few aides, would be traveling to Germany on a private visit and would be expected back this week.