*Still did not disclose what illness he’s suffering from
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday said he will not resume power immediately. He said he will leave his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, in charge. His reason? He will be returning for more medical checks. This is coming from nearly two months’ medical leave in the United Kingdom.
Nigerian Air Force jet that brought the President back to Nigeria landed at the airport in Kaduna at about 7:40 am. He was then flown by helicopter to Abuja.
n the nation’s capital, he was looking gaunt in a billowing black kaftan. He stepped off the helicopter and walked across the tarmac to be greeted by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
He also shook hands with senior security chiefs and senior government officials before being driven away in a black official car to meet his cabinet and officials of his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
At the meeting, he did not give any indication of what illness he was suffering from but said “I have received, I think, the best of treatment I could receive. I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man,” he added, referring to “blood transfusions, going to the laboratories and so on and so forth”.
But he said he was “pleased to be back”, although he disclosed that he may need “further follow-up within some weeks”.
Buhari’s return from London was announced on Thursday evening and he said he “came back towards the weekend, so that the vice president will continue and I will continue to rest”.
No timeline was given for how long Osinbajo, who was officially conferred powers as acting president, would be in charge.
It would be recalled that the former military ruler flew to London on the 19th January, officially on holiday and to have what his office said were “routine medical check-ups” for an undisclosed medical condition.
While he was away, aides had to counter persistent rumours online that he was seriously ill or even dead, despite photographs showing him meeting senior Nigerian politicians.
Earlier Friday he was shown in photographs looking painfully thin. He has emaciated. Though, age is glaring telling on him but he was looking so gaunt.
Buhari had previously travelled to London in June last year to receive treatment for what was described as a persistent inner ear infection.
He left for London again in January but on the eve of his expected return on 5th February, his office announced he had to extend his stay to receive medical test results.
The health of Nigeria’s president has become a sensitive issue following the 2010 death of sitting president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, from a long-standing, but previously undisclosed, kidney complaint.
Yar’Adua’s initial illness and treatment in hospital abroad triggered months of political uncertainty. His deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, took over on Yar’Adua’s death until he lost in the 2015 General election.