ABUJA, NIGERIA (AUGUST 19, 2017) (REUTERS) – Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country Saturday (August 19) after three months of medical leave in Britain where he received treatment for an unspecified ailment.
Buhari’s leave which began in May and was his second this year left many in Nigeria questioning whether he was well enough to run the country. There has been speculation about his illness because of Nigerian officials’ reluctance to disclose the nature of his ailment.
At his arrival, Buhari was met by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has acted as interim leader in his absence, and was accorded a military salute. Buhari made no statement and immediately travelled to the presidential villa.
Buhari, who took office in May 2015, handed over power to Osinbajo in his absence to allay concerns of a void at the helm of Africa’s biggest economy.