President Muhammadu Buhari emerged from relative absence to attend the Friday prayers (05.05.2017) after missing a number of public engagements because of poor health . . .
The Nigerian President disappeared from public view for about six weeks on medical vacation in the United Kingdom earlier this year, leading many Nigerians, including some, saying in some online media platforms that he should step aside for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and others calling for his replacement.
The 74-year-old former Nigerian Army General and ex-Head of State returned to work in March this year but has missed three straight weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC)cabinet meetings in the FEC Council chambers in the Presidential Villa (Aso Rock).
The uncertainty over his health initially raised fears of instability in Africa’s most populous nation and one of its top oil producers, but this seeming instability was somehow doused by his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajowho held forth admirably the reins of government in the president’s absence in London.
In this photo above released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, centre, with government officials after Friday prayers at the presidential palace in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May. 5, 2017. Nigeria’s 74-year old president has emerged to attend Friday prayers after missing a number of public engagements and three straight weekly cabinet meetings because of poor health. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP) (Associated Press).
AP reported that the Nigerian government tweeted images of Buhari’s appearance Friday as officials sought to calm the national concerns. Buhari’s ailment is not publicly known, but he has made reference to blood transfusions and said on his return in March that he had not been so sick like this in decades.
There are reports that the Wife of the President (the First Lady), Mrs. Aisha Buahri has said her husband’s health is not as bad as perceived by many Nigerians.
Nigerian News Desk wishes the Nigerian President quick recovery . . .