Ailing Buhari returns to Nigeria one day ahead of schedule

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria on Friday, his office said, after a three-day absence on medical grounds.

He was originally scheduled to return on Saturday.

“President @MBuhari is back in Abuja. He arrived this evening from London,” the presidency wrote on its Twitter account.

Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, and a representative of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, were among other government officials that received President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The 75-year-old former military ruler, who last year spent some five months receiving treatment in the British capital, had left on Tuesday to see his doctor there.

The move stoked fresh doubts about the president’s health and his ability to campaign for re-election at polls scheduled for February next year.

Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Buhari was clearly unwell and unfit to govern.

Buhari has not disclosed the exact nature of his condition, saying only that he had “never been so ill” and disclosing that it involved blood transfusions and a battery of tests.

The PDP has previously claimed he was being treated for prostate cancer. Buhari has said those claims were untrue.