Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation this morning after returning on Saturday from more than three months medical leave in the UK.
Mr Buhari – looking thin read slowly from a prepared statement – addressed the nation, but made no reference to his health. He called for national unity and took on various problems that have plagued the nation in his absence – the war against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, a sectarian movement in the east and clashes between nomadic herdsmen and farmers.
But he did not answer the burning question that many Nigerians hoped he would – what is wrong with him and why has he been absent from his job for almost five months already this year?
Mr Buhari will send a letter to government today to officially take back power from Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, who stood in in his absence.
Though the president was eager in this speech to show he is fit to lead, many will still be concerned that he is not well enough to tackle Nigeria’s many problems.
For the months he was in Nigeria before he left for London he was rarely seen in public.