President Muhammadu Buhari is to embark on a 10-day medical leave to the United Kingdom.
A letter written by the President to the Senate on Thursday indicates that the “medical vacation” is to commence on January 23 and end February 6.Senate President Bukola Saraki read the President’s letter at the commencement of plenary.
Buhari wrote: “In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I wish to inform the Distinguished Senate that I will be away on a short medical vacation from Monday January, 23 to February 6th, 2017 and while I am away, the Vice President (Osinbajo) will perform the functions of my office.
“Please, accept, as always assurances of my highest esteemed consideration.”
However, in a post on his social media handle, Buhari stated: “I’m traveling to the UK today on a short leave; part of my annual vacation.Back at work Feb 6. VP @ProfOsinbajo will act as President.”
It becomes a little confusing given the fact that today is January 19, but Buhari’s letter to the Senate stated that the leave will begin January 23,which is next week Monday.
President Buhari had embarked on a similar visit to London on June 6, 2016.He said he wanted to use the holiday to visit an Ear, Nose and Throat, ENT, Specialist “for a persistent ear infection.”
He however failed to return on the scheduled date, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
“The President will be back on Sunday. I spoke with him yesterday evening and I think it is just the best that he takes the weekend off. He will certainly be back on Sunday,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had explained.