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Nigeria's President is Alive, Returns Home After a Seven Week Medical Leave

Following a seven week medical leave, President Muhammadu Buhari, has returned to Nigeria and will resume office on Monday.

After months of speculation surrounding his health and whereabouts, Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has  returned home and will resume office on Monday, following an extended "medical vacation" in the U.K.


Details of his condition were kept veiled, leading many Nigerians to believe that their president had died and that the government was keeping information from them—a reasonable suspicion, considering that a similar event occurred back in 2010, when Goodluck Jonathan took office following the medical leave and subsequent death of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

74-year-old Buhari spoke about his absence this morning in Abuja, where he kept details about his illness vague, simply stating that he had "never been so sick" and that he required further medical check-ups, but was nonetheless "feeling much better."

Though Buhari's return may provide some semblance of closure, lingering questions about his capabilities and the state of Nigeria's economy, have left a lasting cloud of uncertainty in the air.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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