Nigeria leader leaves for medical checkups amid health fears

Adegboruwa also urged the Senate to immediately swear in the vice president as the acting president

Adegboruwa also urged the Senate to immediately swear in the vice president as the acting president

Nigeria's president was departing Sunday night for further medical checkups in London, renewing fears over his health after he spent weeks overseas on medical leave earlier this year and said he'd never been so sick in his life.

Buhari delayed his departure by several hours to meet Sunday night with 82 Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram, who arrived in the capital, Abuja, earlier in the day.

"He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but chose to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day".

Buhari, a former military ruler, returned home in March after almost two months' medical leave in Britain and said he would need more rest and then go back to Britain for follow-up tests. On Friday, the government released images of his first public appearance in a week as he attended Friday prayers.

However, a pressure group of 40 civil rights movements, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Good Governance, has alleged that some prominent Nigerians have been orchestrating a "civilian coup" to remove Buhari from power, under the guise of ill-health. On his return from his earlier medical leave in London in March, Buhari made reference to blood transfusions.

The declaration of Lagos as the fastest growing city with US$136 billion GDP; and calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare his health status led in many Nigerian newspapers on Saturday.The Sun said the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has described the state as the fastest growing mega city in the world, just as he revealed that its Gross Domestic Product GDP has hit $136 billion.

President Muhammadu Buhari will return to London for further treatment of his ailment.

"The length of the President's stay in London will be determined by the doctors", the president's office said in a statement.

Buhari later tweeted photos of a meeting with Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara ahead of his trip.

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