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Nigeria Politicians Eye 2019 If President Buhari Doesn't Run

  • Uncertainty sparks early race, senior official El-Rufai says
  • Devaluation of the naira has never worked previously: El-Rufai
Buhari.

Buhari.

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Uncertainty over whether Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will run for a second term in 2019 has set off an early race to succeed him in Africa’s most populous nation, according to a senior ruling party official.

Buhari, 74, stayed more than seven weeks in the U.K. this year to receive treatment for an undisclosed ailment, sparking concern about government paralysis and triggering speculation about the severity of his condition. He returned to Nigeria on March 10, but is expected to fly back to London for further care, his spokesman said last week, without specifying when he would depart.