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Nigeria's President Buhari is recuperating fast, wife says

Nigeria's President Buhari is recuperating fast, wife saysNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to fly home from London and arrive back in the country on Saturday, two presidency sources said, ending his second long break for medical leave in Britain this year. Buhari left Abuja on May 7 and handed over power to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, seeking to allay concerns of a void at the helm of Africa’s biggest economy.



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Nigeria's Buhari to go to London for more medical tests -spokesman

Nigeria's Buhari to go to London for more medical tests -spokesmanNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Sunday night for follow-up medical tests, handing over power to his deputy Yemi Osibanjo, his office said. Officials have refused to disclose details of his medical condition.



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Nigeria's Buhari to go to London for more medical tests: spokesman

Nigeria's Buhari to go to London for more medical tests: spokesmanNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Sunday night for follow-up medical tests, handing over power to his deputy Yemi Osibanjo, his office said. Officials have refused to disclose details of his medical condition. “The length of the President’s stay in London will be determined by the doctors,” the president’s office said in a statement.



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Freed Chibok girls to meet Nigeria's Buhari after swap deal

Freed Chibok girls to meet Nigeria's Buhari after swap dealEighty-two of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria in 2014 on Sunday headed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari after a prisoner swap deal with Boko Haram secured their release. “Today 82 more Chibok girls were released,” a statement said. Military and civilian militia sources in the town of Banki, on the border with Cameroon, said the girls left for Borno state capital Maiduguri on board six military helicopters at 6:10 am (0510 GMT).



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Nigeria's Buhari seen in public for first time in weeks

Nigeria's Buhari seen in public for first time in weeksNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday made his first public appearance in weeks, re-emerging amid mounting concerns about his health. The 74-year-old, who spent nearly two months earlier this year receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed illness, was at Friday prayers at a mosque in the presidential villa in Abuja. Video posted on Twitter by presidential aide Bashir Ahmad showed Buhari dressed in white, shaking hands with fellow worshippers and waving after the service.



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Nigeria's Buhari absent again from cabinet meeting

Nigeria's Buhari absent again from cabinet meetingNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari failed to show up for a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, despite assurances from his wife that his health was not a cause for concern. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo chaired the meeting in the absence of the 74-year-old Buhari, who has now missed the last three gatherings of senior ministers and advisors. Buhari has been under growing pressure to disclose his state of health since he returned from the British capital in early March after nearly two months away.



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Nigeria's Buhari fails to arrive for start of weekly cabinet meeting

Nigeria's Buhari fails to arrive for start of weekly cabinet meetingNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to arrive for a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, a Reuters reporter at the start of the session said, his third consecutive absence. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo chaired the start of the session, which was open to the media, which had to leave after prayers were said and the national anthem played. Buhari has been resting after treatment of an unspecific illness.



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Nigeria's Buhari orders corruption probe over humanitarian funds

Nigeria's Buhari orders corruption probe over humanitarian fundsNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country. The director general of the National Intelligence Agency was also ordered to be suspended after the discovery of more than $ 43 million in an apartment complex in Lagos in what the presidency described as a “related development”. Buhari suspended David Babachir Lawal, secretary to the Nigerian government, and ordered a probe into contracts awarded under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), his spokesman said in a statement.



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Nigeria's Buhari tells parliament he has resumed duties: spokesman

Nigeria's Buhari tells parliament he has resumed duties: spokesmanBy Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told parliament that he has resumed his duties following seven weeks of medical leave in Britain, his spokesman said on Monday. Nigeria’s economy shrank 1.5 percent in 2016, its first full-year contraction for 25 years, largely due to low oil prices and attacks on energy facilities in the OPEC member’s Niger Delta oil hub last year. Buhari had made his deputy Yemi Osinbajo acting president during his absence.



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Nigeria's Buhari returns but VP will stay in charge

Nigeria's Buhari returns but VP will stay in chargeNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he will not resume power immediately and instead leave his deputy in charge after returning from nearly two months’ medical leave in Britain. A Nigerian Air Force jet carrying the 74-year-old landed at the airport in the northern city of Kaduna at about 7:40 am (0640 GMT). In the capital, the head of state, looking gaunt in a billowing black kaftan, stepped off the helicopter and walked across the tarmac to be greeted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.



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