On the 19th of January, President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for the UK on what was termed a medical vacation.
About a fortnight later, still in London, he requested Parliament for an extension on his leave.
For a month, the country was placed under the care of his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo.
Buhari returned home on the 10th of March but didn’t resume work.
There were reports he’d received a blood transfusion, but no confirmation of his illness.
In the following weeks, legislators noticed his absence from a Cabinet meeting. The presidency claimed President Buhari was working from home.
On the 28th of April, Buhari missed Friday prayers at the Aso Rock Mosque in Abuja for the first time, since returning home.
The following Wednesday he was not present at a federal executive council meeting — fuelling concerns about his health.
However, two days later, he participated in Friday prayers, much to the relief of many Nigerians.
However, that optimism was short-lived, as on the 7th of May, Buhari left the country for further treatment — this time without indicating when he’d return.
A month later, after a trip to London, Aisha Buhari commented that her husband was recuperating quickly, and would soon be back home.
From then on a delegation from the All Progressive Party APC met Buhari on the 23rd of July in London. Here they were told that he would need doctor’s permission to go back home…
Something that’s come just this week, as Nigerian’s now await his promised public address after his arrival back from the UK.