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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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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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