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00:00:01
>> Residents in Nigeria have been feeling increasingly frustrated over the absence of their president, Muhammadu Buhari. He is in Britain for what his office says are medical tests. I'm Reuters correspondent, Paul Carsten in Abuja, where people have been telling me they're feeling ever more worried, and ever more angry.
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For the past couple of months, Buhari has been largely absent from Nigeria. That means he has been absent for over 100 days of his 185.>> It's so alarming at the number of people who call in and express their dissatisfaction. The fact that they have not been able to see their president.
00:00:32
The fact that they have not been able to also hear from Mr. President, to say it is worrisome.>> When the head is not there, the body will be sick entirely. That's it, so nothing is moving, nothing is working.>> People are already feeling angry over an ailing economy, over Boko Haram in the northeast, and tensions in the Niger Delta, amongst many other issues.
00:00:54
Ironically many people feel that Buhari's absence is good for the country. His government was known for being incredibly slow in making appointments including appointings on cabinet, for passing laws and making of the key decisions. Instead under acting president Yemi Osinbajo, the government seems to be making some real progress.
00:01:11
They passed an economic recovery and growth plan which is trying to fix the country's ailing economy in its first recession in a quarter of a century. They've also made trips to Nigeria's oil heartland, the Niger Delta, to try and quell tensions there which were leading to attacks on facilities which cut off the oil, so crucial for the country's economy.
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One major concern people have is that if Buhari were to pass or upset the power sharing balance between the various ethnicities and regions within the country. It could cause a rush for power amongst the various blocks which might upset that power sharing agreement and lead to evermore conflict.