Buhari Resumes Old Habits, Works Few Hours Everyday

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has kept a low profile since his grand return from sick leave on Saturday.

Buhari disembarked his plane in Abuja on Saturday to a military salute and was cheered by hundreds of people who lined the streets as his motorcade drove to the presidential villa.

But the president, known locally as the Lion of Africa, is again working from home and missing weekly cabinet meetings, as he did during his previous, two-month, stay in Nigeria between absences for treatment for an undisclosed ailment in Britain.

The refusal to disclose details of Buhari’s illness has caused speculation about whether the 74-year-old is well enough to run Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy.

In a televised address on Monday, Buhari looked thin but sounded stronger than at his last broadcast in June. He walked unaided off the plane when he arrived on Saturday, though at a slow pace, holding rails on either side of him.

He had reduced his working day to a few hours after returning to Nigeria from his first stint of medical leave on March 10, diplomats and government sources said at the time.

Although Buhari wrote to lawmakers on Monday to confirm his return from another three months of medical leave and resumption of duties, Wednesday’s cabinet meeting was canceled without explanation.

 

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