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Nigeria: president Buhari is back from the UK

By on March 10, 2017

Muhammadu Buahari arrived in the capital, Abuja, after returning from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK.

After greeting a handful of provincial and military officials, he boarded a helicopter to the capital Abuja to address Osinbajo and his top military and security commanders in a brief speech.

Mister Buhari has said he has never been “so sick” as he has felt in recent weeks.

He said he was “conscious” of the needs of the economy, mired in its first recession in 25 years due to a collapse in oil revenues, but failed to clarify Osinbajo’s role.

His spokesman Femi Adesina later said Buhari would formally notify parliament on Monday that he was back in charge. He had made Osinbajo acting president during his absence.

Buhari has not revealed any details about his illness. He did say he was “feeling much better now” but added that further medical checks would be required.

The formal constitutional procedure for him to retake the reins of power will happen on Monday.

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