My date of return to Nigeria uncertain – Buhari

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Buhari's letter

Expectations that President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria on Saturday or Sunday have been ruled out as he has indicated tht he needs further medical tests and drugs to be administered on him by his doctors.
Buhari had embarked on a 10-day vacation that was supposed to last from January 23 to February 5, 2017. He handed over power to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to serve as Acting President in his absence, in a January 18, 2017 letter to the National Assembly.
But before the 10-day leave ended, he sent another letter to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraii, saying he would need further tests and medications.
In the February 5, 2017 letter obtained by Premium Times, the president said: “Further to my letter dated 18th January 2017 in which I notified the Distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave.
“During my leave, I took the opportunity to have routine check-ups and consult my long standing doctors in London.
“In the course of the routine examinations, certain test result indicated the need for a course of medications and further appointments have been scheduled for next week.
“I am therefore notifying the Distinguished Senate that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out. In the circumstances, the vice president will continue to act on my behalf.
“Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
This is the third time Buhari has transferred power to Osinbajo since the two leaders were inaugurated in May 2015.
The first time was on February 5, 2016 when the President embarked on a five-day vacation; and the second was in June 2016 when Mr. Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom for treatment of what the Presidency described as ear infection.
A formal notice to both chambers of the National Assembly on the president’s intention to proceed on leave and hand over power temporarily to the vice-president is in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution.

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