The absence of President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer news as Nigerians are aware of the fact that he is on vacation.
Although the news of his leave came at a time people did not expect, they were still able to wrap their heads around the need for the president to rest since the yoke of this nation is not a light one.
The president who is presently on a 10-day working leave in the United Kingdom is set to come back in first week on February 2016. The Nigerian leader has only been on vacation three times ever since he assumed office in May 2015.
In the absence of the former military head of state, a lot has happened in the country and many more events are still unraveling. Unlike the times of General Gowon who did not designate a deputy for the time he traveled, President Buhari assigned everything to Vice President Osinbajo who is now the acting president.
Major decisions could be taken in the absence of the president; this means that the governance of this country is not on hold and things are going on smoothly.
Find below the key points of the major events that have happened in the absence of the president:
1. Naira crashed to all-time low of 500/dollar
Never has it been recorded in the history of Nigeria for the Nigerian currency to be this low. The Nigerian Naira on Monday, January 30, became 500/dollar.
The speculated drop in the rate followed the persistence of the greenback scarcity with the Central Bank of Nigeria cutting supply to foreign exchange operators.
2. Apostle Suleman was invited and interrogated by the DSS
The popular Apostle Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministries was taken in by the DSS for questioning after the attempted arrest at Ado Ekiti failed.
He went in unaccompanied to the DSS' office and was engaged in a friendly chat with the agent coordinating the interrogation for about an hour.
3. 661 pump action rifles were seized in Lagos
Some officials discovered weapons inside a 40-foot container that was said to contain “steel doors and other merchandise goods” at Lagos port.
There were other things in the container too as they were packed to conceal the weapons that were being taken in.
The comptroller-general of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), said the container came from China, but was routed through Turkey to “cause confusion.”
4. Boko Haram bombers struck UNIMAID again
The bombing of the prestigious University of Maiduguri happened some days before President Buhari went on leave.
It was a devastating news as lives were lost and the northern city was thrown into mourning. The president consoled the families of the affected persons when the first bombing happened.
Sadly, another bomb went off in the early hours of today, January 31, at a mosque opposite the University of Maiduguri. According to the report, an unspecified number of persons have been killed.