Buhari left Nigeria on January 19, on a 10 day leave which was extended till he returned on Friday, March 10. Today, March 17, makes it one week since President Muhammadu Buhari returned from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
In his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo served as the acting president.
His absence was trailed with so much controversy as there were speculations concerning his health. He was in contact with his aides and spoke on the phone with some world leaders but Nigerians were not satisfied. They wanted him to address the nation.
Upon his return, the president wrote to officially inform the National Assembly that he will be would be resuming his presidential duties on Monday, March 13.
Since his return, Buhari has been performing his duties, showing Nigerians that he is still fit.
These photos will show you what Buhari has been up to since he returned to Nigeria.
1. Buhari resumes duty
On Monday, March 13, the president resumed work. He wrote a letter intimating the National Assembly that he has resumed his functions as the president with effect from that day.
2. Briefing from Osinbajo
Osinbajo officially handed over to Buhari. They had a meeting which lasted for over an hour. The meeting was focused on economy, budget, north-east, and many other national issues. The vice president briefed Buhari on developments in the polity during his vacation in the United Kingdom.
3. Saraki and Dogara visits the president
Buhari received the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. They were said to have discussed the activities of the National Assembly during the president’s medical leave.
4. Briefing from CBN governor
On Tuesday, March 14, Buhari met with the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He was briefed on the state of the economy during the period he was out of the country on medical vacation.
5. Signs treaty
On his return, the president signed instrument of ratification of the treaty on the establishment of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor among the Governments of Republic of Benin, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria in State House.
6. Presides over FEC
Buhari presided over the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council after his medical vacation on Wednesday, March 15. Decked in a white agbada and cap on arrival asked, the president asked that the national anthem be recited.
A mild drama played out when the president jokingly said: “I have not seen Lai.”
The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, in response, screamed from his seat, “I am here sir!”
7. Receives governors
The president received Nigerian Governors’ Forum led by its chairman H.E. Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state on Thursday, March 16. The governors signed a Get Well Soon card which they presented to the president.