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President Buhari landed in Nigeria this morning, at an airforce base in Kaduna, 50 days after he left the country on a sick leave.

Before Buhari left, he handed over powers of the presidency to Yemi Osinbajo, making the vice president the acting president.

Buhari left Nigeria on January 20, 2017, and was meant to return on February 6, but extended his holiday based on “doctors’ recommendations for further tests and rest,” according to the Nigerian Presidency’s Twitter account.

Since then, his health has been the main subject of discussion in Nigeria and among international media. At a time, rumours of his death were rife but the presidency moved to debunk them by releasing pictures of his meetings with Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande and senate president Bukola Saraki in the Abuja House in London.

In his absence, Yemi Osinbajo, whose acting president was once called into question and found himself in the middle of a political power tussle, has handled the reins well, steering Nigeria in what many consider a good direction. Under him, the naira strengthened against the dollar and there seems to be an ongoing active effort to strengthen the federal government’s relationship with southern Nigerian states.


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