President Buhari feels ready to go home, awaiting doctor's permission

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The statement said that there was tremendous improvement in his health and "indeed, he wishes to return home, 'but I've learnt to obey my doctor's orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders".

Buhari has spent more time since the beginning of 2017 in Britain than in Nigeria.

"Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge'", according to a statement by his media team which visited him on Saturday.Accompanied by photographs of Buhari and his media team exchanging banters in London, the statement also quoted Buhari as thanking his country folks and other Africans for praying for his recovery. "I have now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed", the president reportedly said.

However, on Thursday, another group of protesters commenced a pro-Buhari protest in the country's capital, dismissing the protest for his resignation as unnecessary. Buhari had left Nigeria on January 19 for London on medical vacation and was initially scheduled to return to work on February 6, but he eventually returned on March 10.

Buhari's main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer, which he denied.

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Nigeria's presidency released images showing a jovial Buhari, a move that will hopefully reassure Nigerians who have been concerned about their President's well being that he is indeed fit enough to continue serving them.

Both times, Buhari appointed his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, to act in his stead.

Buhari's lengthy illness has sparked speculation about his ability to seek a second term in 2019.

If he does not stand for re-election, observers say, it could prompt tensions between factions in the largely Muslim north and mostly Christian south.

It was only when Yar'Adua, a northern Muslim, died in May that year that his vice president Goodluck Jonathan became Nigeria's leader, resolving the constitutional crisis.

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