President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the people of Nigeria from the State House, shortly after arriving from London, saying he was fully committed to serving the nation and protecting the right of all Nigerians.

‘‘I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike who have prayed and have continued to pray for my good health. This is a testimony that in spite of the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the government in its effort to tackle our country’s challenges,’’ the president said.

Buhari said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would continue to work while he continues his rest and asked those who planned to send a delegation to come and welcome him to stay back and continue to pray for the country, according to Today.

“I deliberately came back towards the weekend so that the Vice President will continue and I will continue to rest,” Buhari added. “All I need is to do further followups within some weeks.”

A government official however tweeted that the President will be officially back to work on Monday.

Buhari’s health has improved following the extended medical leave in London of 51 days, according to the 74 year old leader. However Buhari added that he will have to see his doctors again. He did not reveal what he was being treated for.

“I am feeling much better now. There may, however, be need for further follow up within some weeks,’’ he stated.

Buhari said on Friday he will need more rest and medical tests, leaving his deputy Yemi Osinbajo to run the country’s affairs.

Buhari immediately on arrival held meeting with some cabinet members and top aides led by Osinbajo at the First Lady conference room.