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Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

The governor, who along with some All Progressives Congress leaders visited the President on Sunday, said his surprise was because of the rumours and conspiracy theories that had made the rounds regarding President Buhari's health. "He was at home relaxing and having a good time".

Elizabeth Donnelly, deputy head of the Africa Program at United Kingdom think tank, Chatham House, said the latest image was likely designed "to calm the speculation" over his protracted absence.

On July 11, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo also visited the president in London and reported that he was recuperating fast.

The absences and lack of information have caused tensions in Africa's most populous nation, which faces an ongoing threat from the Boko Haram extremist insurgency and has one of the world's worst humanitarian crises with millions malnourished.

With the economy in recession, Nigerian authorities are also fighting an Islamist insurgency in the northeast and trying to maintain a fragile ceasefire by militants whose attacks in the Niger Delta a year ago cut oil production by more than a third.

Aide to the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has ridiculously explained why there is no video coverage of the meeting between the APC delegation and President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja House, London.

Details of the 74-year-old president's condition have not been disclosed.

While it is not ideal to have a president absent for so long, Donnelly said there had at least been a formal and transparent process over who is running the country.

The report further quoted Femi Adesina, Buhari's spokesperson, as confirming that the president will not be back so soon.

Your excellency will be pleased to hear that I am making good progress, and soon as doctors advise, I shall return to my duties and continue serving the Nigerian people who elected me and are daily praying for me.

Among those that visited the president included Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun.