Nigerian President MuhammaduBuhari has reassured Alpha Conde, President of Guinea, that he is “making good progress” in a thank you letter for the nationwide prayers held last week by Guineans for his recovery and good health.
In a letter dated July 24, 2017, addressed to the current AU chairperson, Alpha Conde, President Buharistated:”I thank you for your kind and thoughtful action in organizing nationwide prayers for my good health. It is a gesture that I will forever cherish and treasure.”
“Your Excellency will be pleased to hear that I am making good progress, and as soon as doctors advise, I shall return to my duties and continue serving the Nigerian people who elected me and are daily praying for my recovery.”
In an earlier letter, President Buhari had accepted his nomination as leader of the “2018 AU Theme on the Fight Against Corruption”. He further express “readiness to accept this new important role and to reiterate my commitment to contribute towards our collective efforts to strengthen good governance and development on the continent.
President Buhari was nominated as leader of the theme at the 29th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 4, 2017.
On Sunday July 23, the office of the President released for the first time, pictures of the president, dining with Nigerian lawmakers and senior officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in London ruling party who visited him in London, as a show of solidarity.
This is the first time pictures of President Buhari (who has not made any public appearances) have emerged since he left the country on medical leave on May 7.
On January 19, 2017, President Buharitook a 10-day medical leave, which was later extended and approved by Nigerian lawmakers. He returned in March to leave again on May 7.
Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria has been acting as president since May 7.
By Veronica Ogbole