President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday thanked Nigerians who have been praying for his health and their good wishes while assuring them that there is no cause for worry.
This is just as the president said results of the series of medical checkups he carried out in the cause of his medical vacation had shown that he needed longer period of rest, his spokesperson said.
In a four-paragraph made available to newsmen, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this necessitated his staying back in London, United Kingdom longer than initially planned.
However, Mr Adesina did not disclose how long the President’s “longer period of rest” will take..
The statement read, “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.
“President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry.
‘”During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating the President staying longer than originally planned.”
On January 19, the president proceeded on medical vacation, writing to the Senate that Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo would act in his absence.
However, the internet was awash with speculations about his health after the president wrote the Senate to extend his vacation indefinitely, beyond the initial 10 days, for health reasons.
The presidency has, however, repeatedly said Mr. Buhari is hale and hearty, but has not disclosed his illness.