PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he had undergone blood transfusion while on vacation.
Buhari stated this while addressing Vice President Osinbajo and his top military and security commanders in a brief speech in Abuja.
Dressed in a dark kaftan and Muslim prayer cap, Buhari walked stiffly but unaided from his plane after it landed at an air force base in the northern city of Kaduna.
The 74-year former general told officials he was feeling “much better” but wanted to rest over the weekend, raising questions about his ability to run Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation.
Osinbajo, a lawyer who is seen as more business-friendly than Buhari, played an active role in driving policy changes in Africa’s top oil producer during the president’s seven-week absence.
“I deliberately came back towards the weekend so that the Vice President will continue and I will continue to rest,” Buhari said at the presidential villa. “All I need is to do further follow-ups within some weeks. “
Buhari who did not reveal details of his sickness said “I couldn’t recall when last I had a blood transfusion.”
About his treatment in London, he was quoted by Reuters to have said “Blood transfusions, going to the laboratories and so on and forth.”
Buhari has travelled to Britain several times to consult doctors since his election two years ago.
Officials have refused to disclose details, saying only that he had undergone routine tests. This fuelled speculation that his health was worse than publicly admitted.