How the President Returned to Nigeria

Posted March 13, 2017

"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 presidency said on Thursday, adding he extended his United Kingdom stay on doctors' recommendation for further tests and rest.

It is the second time in less than a year that Buhari, who came to power in 2015, has sought medical assistance overseas. "They don't just swallow everything", Buhari said.

"I am pleased that the Vice President enjoyed this break and he has to do much more this time around", Buhari said. "Continue to do the work, Nigeria will continue whether we are here or not".

Buhari said he deliberately returned on Friday so that he could continue his rest while Osinbajo continued working. "I am feeling much better now", he said before adding, "There may, however, be need for further follow up within some weeks".

The body said the constitution of the committee, which was to be made up of medical experts headed by the President's chief physician, was in line with section 144 of the Nigeria's constitution.

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In separate interviews with newsmen, some of them expressed joy over his return, while others opined that the President should have enjoyed a much longer rest.

Mr. Osinbajo, in his response, acknowledged there were challenges but appreciated the trust his principal reposed in him, quipping that he found going around in borrowed robes most enchanting.

"We consider this decision very patriotic, confirming the president as a statesman and leader who places national interest above personal interests and does not possess the sit-tight mentality typical of many leaders on the continent", the group said.

One of our sources asserted that Mr. Buhari was due to undergo an intense phase of treatment starting from next week before his political associates persuaded him to postpone the treatment in order to return to Nigeria and shore up their waning political influence.