Buhari will not resume work on February 6 (updated)

Buhari will not resume work on February 6 (updated)

- President Buhari left Nigeria on Thursday, January 19, on a medical vacation

- He was expected to work in Nigeria on February 6, according to the presidency

- However, the president requested extra days for his leave in the evening of Sunday, February 5

Buhari returning from a previous trip / File Photo
Buhari returning from a previous trip / File Photo

President Muhammadu Buhari will not be returning to the country as ealier believed. The recent development follows a letter written to the National Assembly, asking for an extension to his leave.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Mr Femi Adesina titled President Buhari extends vacation, writes National Assembly, the president was advised to complete his medical test before returning to the country.

The statement read: "President Muhammadu Buhari has written to 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," the statement added.

Recall that on Thursday, January 19, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for a 10-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom, leaving Yemi Osinbajo his Vice President as Acting President.

17 days later, he is set to return to resume work on February 6 amidst speculations that he had died in the hospital in UK.

He gave a letter to the National Assembly, notifying the Senate and the House of Representatives of his journey.

He also transferred the functions of his office to Vice President , Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who had been acting on his behalf.

The presidency has refuted claims of his death, saying that the president was hale and hearty.

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In a chat with the press on Friday, January 17, the presidential spokesman Femi Adesina disclosed that Buhari is expected back into the country on February 6th.

He also said: “The growing tension about President Buhari’s health is purely unnecessary. The president is just simply fine. I speak with people around him at regular interval.

“For his age, President Buhari is fit and capable of paddling the affairs of the country.

"He turned 74 last December and if you look at his engagement in the last two months, you will agree with me that it’s been very engaging. Remember his role in the Gambia issue."

”My candid advise for those peddling the rumour is to change their mind and remain positive about this administration.”

Meanwhile, Malam Gambo Jagindi who is the special adviser on media and publicity to the president of NYCN urged youths who are the future leaders of the country to show love, solidarity and support for the President.

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On the other hand, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of Information and Culture asks Nigerians to disregard the news attributed to him in which he was alleged to have said the president won't be coming back today as a result of faulty plane

Source: Legit.ng

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