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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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Senegal Protests Result in First Confirmed Death

Several reports have confirmed that one protestor has been killed in demonstrations taking place in Senegal following opposition leader Ousmane Sonko's recent arrest.

At least one protester has been killed in the ongoing anti-government protests in Senegal, according to several reports. The protestor was killed during clashes with the police in Bignona, southern Casamance region, although the cause of death is still allegedly unknown and under investigation. The protests, which now enter into the third day today, are in response to the arrest of opposition figure, Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested for reportedly disturbing public order and participating in an unauthorised demonstration. His arrest comes ahead of a scheduled appearance at a Dakar court on a charge of rape.

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