Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo told the media before a weekly cabinet meeting in Abuja that he had been in London on Tuesday to “check up on” President Buhari, who left for medical treatment in the British capital on May 7.
The President he said, “is improving fast from an undisclosed illness and should be back in Nigeria soon”, he made this statement after a whistle-stop trip to meet the ailing head of state in London.
He went on to say “Of course I’ve been speaking to him on the phone and I thought it would be a good thing to go and see him and generally check up on how he was doing and also to brief him on developments,”
We had a very good conversation on wide-ranging issues and he’s in very good spirits. He’s recuperating very quickly and he’s doing very well.”
The meeting lasted for “well over an hour”, he said, adding that: “We are expecting him (back in Nigeria) very shortly.”
Osinbajo, who has been acting president since Buhari’s departure, made no mention of the president’s medical condition, which has led to growing calls for clarity about his fitness to govern.
The former military ruler has now spent nearly four months of this year out of the country and has not been seen in public for more than two months.
When he returned from a previous trip to London in January and February, Buhari said he had “never been so sick” and disclosed he had undergone blood transfusions and series of tests.
Aides have previously played down rumors that he was terminally ill with cancer or even dead.