Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is jetted into the country today after being out for medical treatment in the United Kingdom for more than three months.
The 74-year-old president of Africa’s most populated country left for London on May 7, 2017.His prolonged absence caused tensions back home where calls had grown for him to either return or resign.
“President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7am on Monday,” his office said.
In recent weeks, the office has been releasing photos of officials meeting with the rail-thin but smiling president in the hope of reassuring people back home.
This was Buhari’s second break for medical leave in London this year after a first one that began in January and lasted nearly two months.
He reduced his working day to a few hours after returning to Nigeria from his first stint of medical leave on March 10, diplomatic and government sources said.
His main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer. He has denied that claim. Buhari’s four-year term ends in 2019.
With Buhari away, Nigeria has been led by acting president and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who met with the president in London in mid-July and announced that Buhari would return to Nigeria “very shortly”.
The type of illness the President has been suffering from has not been revealed to the citizens of Nigeria