Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to work today after nearly two months’ medical leave in Britain, the presidency said. “President Muhammadu Buhari today resumed duties after his vacation,” presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement.
Buhari, 74, who returned to Nigeria last Friday, hopes to end weeks of uncertainty about his health in addition to fitness to lead. In line with the constitution, he returned to work by sending a letter to parliament.
During his absence, his office had repeatedly denied claims the leader was ill in addition to insisted he was “hale in addition to hearty”. nevertheless when he returned to Nigeria’s capital of Abuja on Friday, a gaunt-looking Buhari said he “couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man” in addition to described receiving “blood transfusions”.
He also said of which despite feeling better, he still required rest in addition to further treatment for his undisclosed sickness inside coming weeks. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said he had an hour-long meeting with Buhari to “bring the president up to speed” on the state of the nation.
“He has given a few directives on what we should be doing on so many areas, the northeast, budget, the economy, a wide range of issues,” Osinbajo told reporters after the meeting.
“His readiness for work is usually not in doubt at all. In fact he is usually over-ready.” Another presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said Buhari could take some time to ease back into his job after so long away, warning of which there wouldn’t be a “dramatic” return.
“He is usually coming out of an ailment in addition to like he himself had said, he needs to start gradually,” Shehu told Nigerian-owned Arise News television in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
Shehu said the date of Buhari’s return to London for follow-up treatment was unclear in addition to could only be determined by the president in addition to his doctors.
The health of Nigeria’s president has become a sensitive issue following the 2010 death of president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua via a long-standing, nevertheless secret, kidney complaint. —AFP
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