Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, early this (Friday) morning, returned to the country following a two-month ‘medical’ leave in London.
Thereafter, he said he will continue to rest and undergo further medical tests in Britain within weeks.
Pres. Buhari walked unaided from his plane after it landed at an air force base in the northern city of Kaduna, moments later, he then boarded a waiting helicopter headed for the Aso Villa.
The President’s spokesman Femi Adesina later clarified that he (Buhari) would not resume his duties at least over the weekend but would formalize his return to power next week.
Adesina said in a tweet that he will send a letter to the National Assembly on Monday, adding: “That makes his return to work formal, and constitutional.”
The 74-year-old, who became President in May 2015, left Abuja on January 19 for treatment in Britain.
He had originally planned to stay 10 days but stayed longer to rest after consulting his doctors, deepening suspicions that his health was far worse than officials are publicly admitting.
“I deliberately came back towards the weekend, so that the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo) will continue and I will continue to rest,” he said in Abuja.
“All I will need is to do further follow ups within some weeks.”
Special Adviser Adesina said on Thursday (also reported by CAB) that Pres. Buhari’s ‘holiday’ had been extended on doctors’ recommendations for further testing and rest. It gave no details about the health of the President.
“President Buhari expresses appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country, and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him, and also sent their good wishes,” the statement said, giving no medical details.
Earlier on Thursday, the Presidency had published pictures of a smiling Buhari meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in Abuja House, part of the Nigerian High Commission in London.