President Muhammadu Buhari who returned to Nigeria on Friday after about 50 days of medical vacation has hinted that he will not resume power immediately.
The president said instead he will leave his deputy in charge while he travel back to London to do further follow-ups for his medical check-up.
“I am feeling much better now. There may however be need to have further follow-ups within some weeks,” he told reporters earlier today after his return.
He also met security chiefs and senior government officials before being driven away in a black official car to meet his cabinet and officials of his ruling All Progressives Congress party.
At the meeting, he did not give any indication of what illness he was suffering from but said “I have received, I think, the best of treatment I could receive.
“I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man,” he added, referring to “blood transfusions, going to the laboratories and so on and so forth”
Buhari further thanked all Nigerians for their prayers for his quick recovery.
“I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians – Muslims and Christians alike, who have prayed and are continuing to pray for my good health.
“This is a testimony that in spite of the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the Government in its effort to tackle our country’s challenges.
He said that the best way to repay Nigerians is to “re-dedicate myself to serving you, protecting your interests and keeping your trust. I thank you very much.’’
“Rather than sending delegation upon delegation to Abuja to welcome me, may I appeal to all Nigerians to continue to pray for our country’s unity, progress and prosperity.’’
“I thank you very much and may God bless our Country,’’ Buhari said.
No timeline was given for how long Yemi Osinbajo, who was officially conferred powers as acting president, would be in charge.