Africa

Nigeria says president returns after weeks on medical leave

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria says President Buhari has returned to the country after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health. The government tweeted his arrival in the capital, Abuja, on Friday March 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria says President Buhari has returned to the country after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health. The government tweeted his arrival in the capital, Abuja, on Friday March 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, speaks at the presidential palace upon his arrival from medical vacation in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, March 10, 2017. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health and some calls for his replacement, but he made clear that whatever was ailing him was not yet over. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)

    In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, speaks at the presidential palace upon his arrival from medical vacation in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, March 10, 2017. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health and some calls for his replacement, but he made clear that whatever was ailing him was not yet over. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, right, is welcomed by Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, left, upon arrival from his medical vacation in Abuja, Nigeria. Friday, March 10, 2017. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health and some calls for his replacement, but he made clear that whatever was ailing him was not yet over. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)

    In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, right, is welcomed by Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, left, upon arrival from his medical vacation in Abuja, Nigeria. Friday, March 10, 2017. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health and some calls for his replacement, but he made clear that whatever was ailing him was not yet over. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Nigeria says President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health.

The government tweeted his arrival in the capital, Abuja, on Friday morning.

Few details have been released about Buhari's medical leave in London. When he left Nigeria on Jan. 19, the government said it was for routine medical checkups and that he would return in early February.

Instead, the 74-year-old remained out of sight for weeks while anxiety rose in Africa's most populous nation, which is grappling with crises including Boko Haram extremist attacks and an economy that last year contracted for the first time in a quarter-century.

Some called for Buhari's replacement and expressed anger at taxpayer-funded treatment for top officials overseas.