President Muhammadu Buhari will not be returning to Nigeria until his ‘long standing doctors’ in London are satisfied with his state of health.
The President made this known in his letter to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, informing the National Assembly of the extension of his vacation.
“… I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out,” Buhari stated in his letter dated February 5, 2017.
The letter, which has been published on PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday reads in full:
“Further to my letter dated 18th January 2017 in which I notified the Distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave.
“During my leave, I took the opportunity to have routine check-ups and consult my long standing doctors in London.
“In the course of the routine examinations, certain test result indicated the need for a course of medications and further appointments have been scheduled for next week.
“I am therefore notifying the Distinguished Senate that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out. In the circumstances, the vice president will continue to act on my behalf.
“Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
The President first wrote to the National Assembly his decision to proceed on a 10-day leave and temporarily transferring presidential power to Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.
The leave extended the 10 working days vacation between January 23 and February 6 with the excuse that he is yet to ascertain the full state of his health as doctors are yet to certify him great to return.