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Buhari extends leave

By Tonye Bakare
05 February 2017   |   4:24 pm
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said the Buhari extended the vacation on the advice of his doctors. He, however, did not say when the president would return to Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his 10-day leave. The notice of the extension was contained in a letter he dispatched to the National Assembly.

Buhari left Nigeria in January for London to “undergo routine medical check-ups” during a short holiday and was expected to resume work on February 6.

But his spokesman Femi Adesina said the president extended the vacation on the advice of his doctors. He, however, did not say when the president would return to Nigeria.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” Adesina said in a statement.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this (Sunday) evening but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning. The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes.”

Buhari’s current visit to London would make it the second time in less than a year he has gone there for medical treatment.

He visited London in June 2016 for treatment to what the presidency described as a persistent inner ear infection, which caused him to pull out of several scheduled engagements. But his latest visit, however, has been dogged by the rumours of his death.