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Nigeria leader meets Chibok girls, leaves for medical trip

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AM
In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity wait to meet with Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential palace in Abuja, Nigeria,yesterday.

ABUJA (AP):

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy last night at meeting with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists - then jolted the country by announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical checkups as fears for his health continue.

"We've always made it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the freedom and safe return of our daughters" and all captives of Boko Haram", Buhari said on his Twitter account.

Minutes later, the 74-year-old president startled Africa's most populous nation with the news of his departure. Buhari, who has missed three straight weekly Cabinet meetings, spent a month and a half in London on medical leave earlier this year and said he'd never been as sick in his life. The exact nature of his illness remained unclear.

 

NO CAUSE FOR WORRY

 

"There is no cause for worry" about this latest medical leave, a statement from his office said, adding that the length of Buhari's stay in London will be determined by his doctors.

Photos released by the government showed the rail-thin president standing and addressing the Chibok schoolgirls at his official residence yesterday evening, a day after their release.

"The president was delighted to receive them and he promised that all that is needed to be done to reintegrate them into the society will be done," adviser Femi Adesina said. "He promised that the presidency will personally supervise their rehabilitation."