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Buhari ‘Recuperating Very Quickly’ Says Osinbajo

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]cting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is recovering fast from an undisclosed illness and should be back in Nigeria soon, after a brief trip to meet the ailing leader.

“Of course I’ve been speaking to him on the phone and I thought it would be a good thing to go and see him and generally check up on how he was doing and also to brief him on developments,” he said.

“We had a very good conversation on wide-ranging issues and he’s in very good spirits. He’s recuperating very quickly and he’s doing very well.”

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo told reporters before the FEC weekly cabinet meeting in Abuja that he had been in London on Tuesday to “check up on” the 74-year-old Buhari, who left for medical treatment in the British capital on May 7.

The meeting lasted for “well over an hour”, he said, adding: “We are expecting him (back in Nigeria) very shortly.”

Osinbajo, who has been acting president since Buhari’s departure, made no mention of the president’s medical condition, which has led to growing calls for clarity about his fitness to govern.

However, Buhari’s long absences have left Nigerian politics beset with rumour and political power play, on edge and uncertain.



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