Medical

Nigeria's president says he feels ready to return home

Nigeria's president says he feels ready to return home

His unexplained illness has left many in Nigeria questioning whether Buhari is well enough to run the country.

There has been a "tremendous improvement" in his health, he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari was in high spirit today when he played host to some of his aides and ministers in London, UK on Saturday.

The health of Nigeria's leaders has been a sensitive issue since the death in office of president Umaru Musa Yar'Adua in 2010 after months of treatment overseas.

Buhari, who spoke 96 days after he commenced the latest round of his medical vacation overseas, yesterday, was quoted as saying: "I have learnt to obey my doctors' orders rather than being the one issuing the orders". Also, there was Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters. "Here, the doctors are absolutely in charge".




In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, Buhari expressed his desire to return to the country immediately but added that this was not possible as his doctors had not given him a go ahead to return.

The visit by his media team is the fourth such delegation from Nigeria in the last few weeks as tension mounts back home over the health status of the 74-year-old leader. "I have now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed".

When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and round the world, a delighted President said: "What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill on the African continent". It gave us a lot of latitude.

"The exercise is to serve as mark of appreciation for the significant and unimaginable positive impacts the Buhari-led government has made, and to dissociate the right thinking and true Nigerians from unfounded and unjustified agitations for the unconditional and quick return of the President Muhammadu Buhari from his legitimate medical vacation in London. May God reward them", the president.


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