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President Buhari Returns to Nigeria

President Buhari returned to Nigeria at around 7.40am on Friday, March 10, after an extended medical leave in London. The president landed in Kaduna airport after which he was choppered to Aso Rock Villa.

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived 8.37 am at Presidential Villa and emerged from the Presidential Chopper 8.42 am.

The announcement comes 50 days after the President Muhammadu Buhari wrote a letter to the Senate seeking a ten day leave.

Although the President is back, he said he will need more time to rest, giving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo the go ahead to continue as acting president. According to the report, Buhari made the remark while addressing members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), all heads buhari_osinbajoof security agencies and the governors Kogi, Yahaya Bello and Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari‎, in a closed door meeting shortly after his arrival to the country.

The President left the country on January 19, 2017 for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups.

However, the holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest.

The president was expected back into the country at the end of the month but sent another letter to the National Assembly informing of his decision to extend his vacation citing medical reasons.

His indefinite vacation fuelled speculation about the state of his health with rumours being spread that he was dead although this was refuted many times by his media aides, Garba Shehu and Femi Adeshina.

There was also speculation that the president could remain in the UK for four months due to medical complication although the Senate president, Bukola Saraki led a three-man delegation of himself, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawani to meet Buhari in London.

Saraki insisted after meeting the president that he was hale and hearty and said he was in his usual high spirit.

The last visitor he received before his return to Nigeria was Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury who visited on Thursday, March 9.

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