Following the letter written by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate seeking a ten-day leave between Monday, January 23 to Monday, February 6, 2017, Nigerians have made different kinds of speculations about the purpose of the leave.
The letter was read by Senate president, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, January 19, during the plenary session where Buhari said the vacation would be a working leave. The letter conferred all powers on the vice president, Yemi osinbajo, who would be the acting president in the absence of Buhari.
This is the third time the president would be going on leave ever since he assumed office in 2015.
Taking the reins of leadership in Nigeria (with a long list of challenges) could sap one of every ounce of strength and although the president marked this period as a working leave, there are various assumptions over what he would be doing while he is away.
Also considering the state of the nation, Nigerians are wondering if this is the right time for the president to go on leave.
Find below a record of the times Buhari has gone on vacation ever since he became the president:
1. The short vacation taken in February 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari took a vacation between February 5-10, 2016. The letter was written in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution. A formal note was dispatched to the Senate president and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, would later assure Nigerians over the well-being of the president when there were worries over the state of his health.
On February 8, 2016, the special media adviser spoke on national TV claiming the president needed the break as he had worked non-stop for 8 months and could break down like every other person.
He urged Nigerians to embrace the truth as the president took his leave using the proper channels and had given vice president Osinbajo the power to act in his place.
During his vacation, he attended a conference which touched on the Syrian crisis in London. It was the president's first vacation.
2. The 10-day vacation taken in June
The second time the president went on vacation was in June 2016 when he wrote a formal letter in compliance to Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution again. The letter stated that Buhari would be going off to London on June 6, 2016 to rest.
This vacation was taken in order for the president to see an E.N.T specialist for a persistent ear infection. Nigerian doctors recommended a further evaluation as a precautionary move to avoid further complications.
He will see an E.N.T specialist for a persistent ear infection. The president was examined by his personal physician and an E.N.T specialist in Abuja, and got his ear treated.
3. The second 10-day vacation
This is the most recent vacation and it will be taken from January 23 and February 6, 2017. And as usual, a formal letter has been written in compliance with the Nigerian constitution.
The vice president has been made the 'president' for the third time since both of them assumed office.
Vice President Osinbajo will be acting on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari while the vacation lasts.