President Muhammadu Buhari has appeared in public for the first time in more than a week. He attended Friday prayers at the mosque in state house grounds after missing the service last week. There has been a lot speculation about Mr Buhari’s state of health since he returned from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK in March.
The former military ruler has missed the last three weekly meetings of his cabinet, Friday prayers last week and his grandson’s wedding at the weekend.
He had been due to meet his counterpart from neighbouring Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, for talks on Friday but the meeting was cancelled, Buhari’s office said in a statement on Thursday evening.
“The rescheduling is at the instance of President Issoufou who has another domestic engagement,” presidency spokesman Femi Adesina said.
Aides have maintained Buhari is working from his private residence and resting after “a long period of treatment” in the British capital.
They have publicly rejected media reports that he is unable to eat or drink and is being fed intravenously.
Buhari’s health is being watched closely as a previous president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, died in office in 2010 after receiving treatment abroad for a long-standing but undisclosed illness.
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