Buhari To Stay “Longer Than Planned”- Presidency

The President was visited by leaders of the National Assembly at his London base last week
The President was visited by leaders of the National Assembly at his London base last week

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in the United Kingdom on Medical vacation may not be coming back soon if a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, is anything to go by.

The President had on February 6 sent a letter to the National Assembly informing the lawmakers that he was extending his initial 10-day vacation in London.

Buhari stated that his doctors had recommended some medical tests for him and that he would need some more time to get the results of the tests.On Tuesday, Adesina issued another statement saying that the president will be “staying longer than originally planned.”

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“During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating the President staying longer than originally planned,” the Presidential media aide wrote.

He however quoted President Buhari as reassuring Nigerians “that there is no cause for worry” over his health status.

“President Muhammadu Buhari thanks millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and churches throughout the country.

“The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern,” Adesina stated.

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Buhari handed over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who has been  acting President since his absence.

Aside forwarding the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, the acting President over the weekend signed seven bills passed by the National Assembly into law.

President Buhari’s state of health has generated lots of controversies in the country with many saying the Presidency should let Nigerians know what exactly is wrong with the President.

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There have also been speculations that the President has died or is in critical condition. But the Presidency has consistently denied the reports, backing it up with periodic release of Pictures of the President on the social media.

The latest of such pictures featured the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who travelled to London to visit President Buhari last week.