Nigerian VP back in Abuja after Buhari meeting

Yemi Osinbajo (File: AFP)
Yemi Osinbajo (File: AFP)

Abuja - Nigeria's vice-president has returned from a whistle-stop trip to meet ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London and will chair Wednesday's weekly cabinet meeting, his spokesperson said.

Acting President Yemi "Osinbajo now back in Abuja from London & will be presiding over FEC (federal executive committee) this morning," tweeted Laolu Akande.

He also pledged to share "more information" about Osinbajo's encounter with Buhari, describing it as "a very good meeting".

Osinbajo, who has been acting president since Buhari left for medical treatment on May 7, flew to London on Tuesday.

No details were given about the meeting but it is believed to be the first face-to-face encounter between Nigeria's two most senior politicians in more than two months.

Buhari, 74, has not been seen in that time and has now spent nearly four months of this year out of the country, prompting growing calls for clarity about his fitness to govern.

His condition has not been disclosed but aides have previously played down rumours that he was terminally ill with cancer or even dead.

His wife Aisha, who flew to London earlier this month, on Monday posted a cryptic message on her Facebook page in response to a Nigerian senator's description of Buhari as "the absent Lion King".

"God has answered the prayers of the weaker Animals. The Hyena's and the Jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom," she wrote.


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