Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, March 10, 2017

The president returns

Nigeria's president returned to the country from the UK.

Nigeria President Buhari: I've never been so sick
Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said he has never been "so sick" as he has felt in recent weeks.

He was speaking to dignitaries in the capital, Abuja, after returning from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK…

The 74-year-old flew into an air force base in the northern city of Kaduna from London on Friday morning.

Despite talking about how he felt, Mr Buhari did not reveal any details of his condition.

He did say he was "feeling much better now" but added that further medical checks would be required…

President Buhari was in good spirits, joking with senior officials and journalists.

But as his address went on the president appeared to ramble, referring to the importance of technology and education. He even urged Nigerians not to self-medicate.

These comments will do little to reassure critics who are questioning whether the president is fit enough to hold office…

Comparisons will also be drawn to the vice-president, who displayed an energy as acting leader in the past few weeks that was strikingly different to President Buhari's own style…

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