June 6, 2017 / 7:05 AM / in 5 months

Nigeria's President Buhari is recuperating fast, wife says

ABUJA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating fast and will be back home soon, his wife said on Tuesday after returning from Britain where he is on medical leave.

FILE PHOTO - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks after British Prime Minister Cameron opened the international anti-corruption summit on May 12, 2016 in London, England. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/Pool/File Photo

The president, 74, spent nearly two months in Britain on medical leave earlier this year and returned last month for what his office described as follow-up tests. Officials have refused to disclose details of his medical condition.

His wife Aisha Buhari, in a statement issued by State House, expressed appreciation for the support of Nigerians, and said: “He will soon be with them as he is recuperating fast.”

Buhari, a former military ruler, has handed over power to his deputy Yemi Osibanjo, a lawyer who is seen as business-friendly and has played an active role in driving economic policy changes.

Reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram; Writing by Andrew Heavens

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