Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has tried to dampen speculation that President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is seriously ill, saying he was, in fact, in “good shape”.
According to a BBC report, in his first comments on the president’s health, Mr Osinbajo said he had a “fairly long” conversation with Mr Buhari yesterday and he was “hale and hearty”.
However, Mr Osinbajo did not disclose details of the medical checks Mr Buhari is undergoing in London, merely saying that he “needs to go for a cycle of tests and once he sees the test results and gets medical advice, we should expect him very soon.”
The 74-year-old leader, who has been out of the country for two weeks, was expected to return to Abuja on Sunday.
His decision to extend his stay in London worried many Nigerians.
The main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) called for more transparency about the president’s condition.
Analysts said that Mr Buhari’s extended leave could further erode confidence in his administration which is already under pressure due to a weak economy and the conflict with Boko Haram Islamist militants in the north-east of the country.