On Sunday, President Buhari informed the National Assembly that he will be extending his leave due to a series of tests which his doctors recommended he must complete before returning to Nigeria.
This was made known to the public by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
“The President had planned to return to Abuja this (Sunday) 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.”
On 23rd January, President Muhammadu Buhari went on a 10-day vacation to the UK. Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has since taken up the duty of Acting-President.
The president was due to return on Monday, February 6 but this has now been postponed. Mr. Femi Adesina did not state how much longer the President will be away. Some speculate that it could take up to 4 months.
Nigerians are, however, displeased with the news. Some wonder how much it will cost Nigeria to fund the President’s extended stay.
Others are wary that the President is on the verge of death, seeing as the Media aide did not disclose exactly what was ailing the President.
President Buhari’s absence from the country is reminiscent of 2010 when late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua left the country for medical treatments in Saudi Arabia. The leave caused a power vacuum in Nigeria due to the former president having not officially transferred power to the then vice president, Goodluck Jonathan to be the acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
That caused a lot of problems at the time until the Senate intervened by implementing the Doctrine of Necessity to make Jonathan the Acting-President of Nigeria.
Although President Buhari officially handed power to Vice President Osinbajo who is now the Acting-President, many are still upset at the government’s failure to reveal what is ailing the president, in addition to the fact that the President has extended his leave indefinitely.