Nigeria’s president is back in the country after an extended medical leave in the UK, which initially kicked off as a ten day leave.
The 74-year-old, who took power in May 2015, left Abuja on January 19 for treatment in Britain.
He had originally planned to stay 10 days but stayed longer to rest after consulting his doctors, deepening suspicions that his health was far worse than officials are publicly admitting.
The president has stalled hopes of his resuming back to office immediately, saying “I deliberately came back towards the weekend, so that the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo) will continue and I will continue to rest,” he said in Abuja.
“All I will need is to do further follow ups within some weeks.”
The president’s spokesman Femi Adesina added that the president will not resume his duties at least over the weekend but will formalise his return to power in the coming days.
Adesina said in a tweet that he will send a letter to the National Assembly on Monday, adding: “That makes his return to work formal, and constitutional.”
There were concerns about how the country can run efficiently when the commander-in-chief is absent initially, but in his absence the Vice president has been commended for handling affairs while the president has been away.
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