President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his vacation. It is “open-ended” because his return can be anytime, a Presidency source said last night.
“The President can return home any time. It can be in a few days; it can be later but he does not want any leadership vacuum, “the source added.
The President, who was expected to return from his vacation and routine medical examinations in the United Kingdom (UK) after 10 days, left the country on January 19.
A statement by Special Adviser (Media) to the President Mr. Femi Adesina titled: ”President Buhari extends vacation, writes National Assembly”, said:
“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.
“The President had planned to return to Abuja this 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.”
‘He’s not in hospital’
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media Mallam Garba Shehu said the president is not “seriously ill and not in the hospital. He is in the residence at the Nigeria Nigerian High Commissaion in London”
He added: “I just spoke to the president’s personal doctor, and he told me President Buhari is not in any serious condition as to worry about
“He and his delegation were ready to come home today (yesterday) but for the delayed test result which came in today which necessitated that he delays his return.
“There is nothing to worry about as far as his condition is concerned”.
A source in Senate President Bukola Saraki’s office said the leave extension letter had been received.
The source noted that although the letter had not been officially handed over to Saraki, the Senate President had been informed.
He said Saraki was briefed by a top presidential aide in a telephone conversation.
Also yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed denied a report credited to him on the President’s delayed return.
A statement by his Special Assistant Mr. Segun Adeyemi said: ”Our attention has been drawn to a report quoting the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as saying the President’s return to Nigeria may be hampered by a faulty aircraft.
”The minister has not spoken to anyone on the issue of the President’s return, hence this report is another from the stable of the purveyors of fake news and should be disregarded.”