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President Buhari Extends Vacation In UK
President Muhammadu Buhari will not be returning from his 10-day vacation in the UK on Monday, February 6, as he earlier told the National Assembly.
The extension of the President’s holiday abroad, according to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina is to enable him complete and receive results of tests carried out on him in a London hospital.
In the statement issued on Sunday evening, Adesina said that the President has conveyed to the National Assembly his intention to extend his leave.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave,” Adesina stated.
He explained that the extension was “in order (for the President) 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,” Adesina further explained.
Adesina’s statement, however, did not specify the new date for the President’s return.
Earlier on Sunday, there were messages on the social media, purportedly authored by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, saying that the president’s return had been postponed due to the fact that the presidential aircraft was undergoing maintenance.
But the minister promptly released a counter statement, denying the “fake news” and attributing it to the handiwork of “detractors”.
President Buhari left Nigeria on January 19, but the letter he sent to the Senate indicated that his vacation would begin from January 23 to February 6.
No sooner had he left the country than news broke, mainly on the social media, that had dead.
Others said he was critically ill and was being attended to at the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, of a hospital in the UK.
However, the presidency has roundly denied the reports, with Lai Mohammed saying that “God will punish all those behind this evil rumour.”
Nevertheless, the extension of the President’s stay abroad will only succeed in further fuelling the speculation that the president may not be in perfect health after all, especially given the fact there has been no compelling evidence to the contrary.
The presidency had on more than one occasion released the President’s pictures purportedly taken in his base in London, but there were also counter reports from various quarters claiming that those pictures were taken long ago.