Nigeria leader to fly home after UK treatment

The 74-year-old left for the British capital on May 7 with his prolonged absence causing tensions back home where calls have grown for him to either return or resign.

Nigeria leader to fly home after UK treatment

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return home on Saturday after spending more than 100 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment, his office said.

A presidency statement said Buhari, who "returns to the country later today after receiving medical attention in London," would make a national broadcast on Monday morning.

"President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday," it said, adding that the ailing leader expressed his appreciation to Nigerians for their prayer and support for his recovery.

Buhari, a retired general who headed a military regime in the 1980s, has been dogged by speculation about his health since June last year when he first went to London for treatment of what his aides said was a persistent ear infection.

He then spent nearly two months in London in January and February and said on his return in early March that he had "never been so ill".

In July, members of the ruling party and the opposition went to see him in London and even took pictures in an attempt to douse public anxiety.

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


Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2017, 14:45