Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns after over three months of treatment

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On 20 August 2017 at 05:49
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Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has returned to his country after more than three months in London being treated for a mystery illness.
Buhari was described by his office as having had a "health challenge" but it is not the first time the 74-year-old has travelled to London for medical help.
In March he returned after seven weeks’ treatment, saying little about his condition except that he had "never been so ill" in his life and spoke of receiving blood transfusions.
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Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has returned to his country after more than three months in London being treated for a mystery illness.

Buhari was described by his office as having had a "health challenge" but it is not the first time the 74-year-old has travelled to London for medical help.

In March he returned after seven weeks’ treatment, saying little about his condition except that he had "never been so ill" in his life and spoke of receiving blood transfusions.

Returning to Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Saturday following the most recent treatment, he made no comment but stepped briskly from the plane and saluted the presidential guard before leaving in a motorcade.

The road to from the airport was lined with his supporters, some of them singing to welcome him back.

But some have questioned whether the president is fit enough to run the country, having been absent since 7 May.

While he was away, Nigeria has continued to grapple with the Boko Haram insurgency, a struggling economy and millions of people malnourished in the country’s northeast.

There have been clashes in Abuja between those who support Mr Buhari and those who think he should step down.

The rising tension has led military chiefs to remind personnel to remain loyal to the president.

The presidential office has also released photos of Mr Buhari meeting officials, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, to project the image of business as usual.

Mr Buhari is due to address Nigerians in a broadcast on Monday morning as he tries to reassure them.

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has been acting as president during Mr Buhari’s absence.


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