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Nigeria's president says he feels ready to return home

13 August 2017

The president, who has been attending to his health in London, in the last three months, said he wishes to return home, "but I've learnt to obey my doctor's orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders".

When the team expressed delight at their principal's improved health, he retorted: "I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I've now learnt to obey orders, rather than being obeyed", lightening up the mood at the meeting. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in charge of Nigeria, which is struggling amid its worst economic slump in about 30 years.

"He's going to come back Insha Allah to Nigeria to continue what he has been doing and right now there's really no vacuum and Mr. President is happy about that that the fact that the acting president is doing the job with all diligence and responsibility", said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Nigeria's Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.

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Buhari also "lauded Nigerian television stations and the media generally", for helping him keep tabs on happenings in the country. I thank all those who are praying.

"It is pertinent to remind the presidency and the Nigeria Police Force that President Buhari had, in the recent past, taken part in peaceful rallies in Abuja to protest alleged manipulation of election results and perceived injustice in the country", he said. "May God reward them", the president.

The president's chief spokesman added that Buhari sent his appreciation to all Nigerians and was optimistic that he would join them soon.

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Buhari and the delegates led by Lai Mohammed. The protesters anchored their agitation on the theme expressed in Pidgin English, "Our Mumu Don Do", which being translated means "we have been foolish enough".

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Nigeria's president says he feels ready to return home