'No cause for worry' over Nigerian leader Buhari's health

2017-02-22 11:30
President Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AP)

President Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AP)

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Lagos – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari needs a "longer period of rest" in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office has said.

"During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating the President staying longer than originally planned," Buhari's special adviser, Femi Adesina said in a statement.

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He added: "The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern. President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry."

Buhari has not been seen in the west African country for a month after he went to Britain on medical leave. He had originally planned to stay for at least two weeks.

According to BBC Live, authorities "have refused to give much detail about Mr Buhari's health, and there has been intense speculation in the Nigerian press and on social media". 

Reports indicated that Buhari has been dogged by speculation about whether he was physically fit for office even before he took power in May.

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