President Muhammadu Buhari is fit to resume work tomorrow, after spending 51 days medical vacation in the United Kingdom, a source in the Presidency has said.
The source, who is conversant with the president’s medical history, at the weekend dismissed the rumour of the President’s incapacitation on account of his declaration that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will continue to function for more weeks, saying President Buhari was as fit as a fiddle.
President Buhari on his return to the Presidential Villa on Friday morning said in remarks to members of the Federal Executive Council and military chiefs, at the First Lady’s Conference Room at the Presidential Villa that “I am feeling much better now. There may however be need for further follow up within some weeks. I deliberately came back towards the weekend, so that the Vice President will continue and I will continue to rest.
That understanding was later reversed towards evening of Friday, when Presidential sources hinted the President will resume tomorrow. That generated reactions, with some Nigerians expressing doubt whether the President has fully recovered to commence rigorous state duties.
Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in a tweet on his handle at noon last Friday, said the President would transmit a letter to the National Assembly to make his return to work formal, and constitutional.
Meanwhile, Buhari has appealed to Nigerians not to bother visiting the villa to welcome him. He said, “rather than sending delegations to Abuja to welcome me, may I appeal to our people to continue to pray for the country’s unity, progress and prosperity.”