Nigeria’s Buhari returns to U.K. for checkup on doctor’s advice

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday via twitter that he will return to the United Kingdom to see his doctor.

According to the septuagenarian, the four-day visit was at the behest of his doctor and that he will be due back in the country on Saturday, May 12.

Buhari, leader of Africa’s most populous nation spent over 100 days of 2017 in London where he had gone for medical leave over an undisclosed ailment. The government says any disclosures are his sole perogative.

The last known ailment Buhari publicly disclosed was an ear infection for which he sought treatment in London in 2016.

Buhari returned to Abuja from his native Daura in Katsina State on Monday after partaking in local level elections of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

His major engagement on Monday was a meeting with leaders of the country’s legislative arms of government, the Senate (Bukola Saraki) and House of Representatives (Yakubu Dogara) after his return to Abuja.

The last time he was in London was for a stopover whiles returning from an official visit to the White House.

He has announced his intention to run for a second and final term in office. Elections are due in 2019 and the former military ruler is sure to get the APC’s ticket. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has yet to pick a candidate even though a dozen individuals have announced their candidature.


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