Strong indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari could still be in the United Kingdom for as long as four months to attend to “a myriad of medical issues,” confronting him.
The President had on January 19 written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature that he was proceeding on a 10-day leave and temporarily transferring presidential power to Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.
He then proceeded on the 10-day vacation in London on January 23 and was expected to return to the country on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
However, on Sunday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement, announced that the President had extended his medical vacation.
According to the presidential spokesperson, the President wrote 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.”
In the statement, the presidential spokesman did not say when the president would return.
Hours later, Sahara Reporters reported that Buhari might need to remain in London for as long as four months to attend to the medical issues – complete his treatment and await the results of his medical tests.
The online outlet said:
“Our presidency sources revealed that Mr. Buhari requires a major surgery that would force him to miss work for at least four months, but his kitchen cabinet members have refused to let him go for such a prolonged period due to the fear of him losing influence and power.”