President Muhammadu Buhari is relaxing at home after spending more than 100 days in the United Kingdom treating himself. In a short, vague pre-recorded speech on Monday, he told his countrymen he was grateful for their prayers and vowed to protect Nigeria against all internal and external threats. But, those who saw him at the Presidential palace were left with no doubt that the President needed to rest or treat himself even more.
On Tuesday, his spokesman Garba Shehu shocked the nation with claims that Mr. Buhari would be working from home for now because some strange powerful rats invaded the President’s office and consumed furniture and appliances.
On Wednesday, visibly weak Buhari cancelled a cabinet meeting, the first he would have had in about four months, but gave no reason. Later in pictures and a video posted by the office of Osinbajo, Mr. Buhari is seen wearing his sandals, a possible sign that he was not ready for official duty.
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But some caution that sandals are worn everywhere even during official functions.
Protesters stormed the streets two weeks ago, calling on Mr. Buhari to go. His lofty promises to create job, fight corruption and rescue the Chibok girls seem to have fallen apart almost three years in office.