President Muhammadu Buhari's last ditch effort to return to Nigeria despite still being sick has suffered a setback.

His doctors on Monday night failed to endorse his discharge despite strong pressure from members of his inner circle.

Buhari has prostate flares in addition to intestinal maladies that have seen him lose weight progressively and unable to eat well.

The desperation to have him return was so much that  his kitchen cabinet was said to have sent to London on Friday the biggest jet in the presidential fleet, a Boeing Business Jet 737, known as "Airforce 001."

The smaller presidential jet which initially flew President Buhari to the UK was returned to Abuja the same day.

Presidential aides, officials of the Protocol Unit, as well as security operatives in Abuja were also put on standby over the return

Buhari's powerful nephew, Mammam Daura, as well as one of his daughters, had  earlier return to Nigeria to prepare the ground for Buhari return.

A former Information Minister, Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, had on Sunday disclosed that  Buhari might return to Nigeria  on Monday March 6.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari proceeded on a 10-day leave on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

But Buhari wrote to the National Assembly  on February 5,, informing it of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has since been performing his duties as Acting President.

Additional reports from Sahara Reporters