Except for any unforeseen change of plans, President Muhammadu Buhari could return to the country from his vacation to the United Kingdom on Saturday, Leadership reports.
Sahara Reporters had some days ago reported that Buhari might need to remain in London for as long as four months to attend to a myriad of medical issues – complete his treatment and await the results of his medical tests.
However, Leadership quoted a source as saying that except there would be any last minute change, the president will be returning this weekend.
The source, a senior official in the presidency, said: “Barring any last minute change, we are expecting the president back this weekend, probably on Saturday.”
It was further learnt that the president had on Tuesday cancelled an interview with a foreign media organisation, but may possibly grant an interview in London before the weekend.
Another source in the presidency also said that President Buhari “had already packed his bags to leave on Sunday but was advised by his doctors to wait and get results of some tests he conducted before leaving that country.”
“I can confidently tell you that Mr. President might still be there (in London) because he has to succumb to the superior knowledge of physicians who conducted medical checks on him, but his mind is in Nigeria,” he added.
On rumours that the president was in a bad state of health, the source said:
“What else do you expect from people? If it were to be other past presidents who go on vacation or medical checkup without official notification, there wouldn’t have been room for such rumour.”
“But this is a president who is determined to remain transparent in whatever he does in office. Don’t forget that this is not the first time His Excellency is embarking on a vacation outside the shores of the country.”