The Presidency announced on Sunday evening that President Muhammadu Buhari, who was meant to return to Nigeria today, after two weeks in the United Kingdom for his medical vacation, would no longer return as planned. Rather, his spokesman, Femi Adesina said, the President would stay back in London to complete some tests.
The Presidency did not give a new date for his arrival. It was not clear when the President now intends to return.
TheSimonAtebaNews reported that things may not be well with President Muhammadu Buhari after all after the latest medical extension.
He was meant to resume work on Monday 6 February after departing for London on 19 January. But, on Sunday, when he was meant to return, the Presidency said he had extended his medical vacation and written to the National Assembly.
There have been rumours that Mr. Buhari had died in London or was under intense care. But the Presidency dismissed those rumours as false and mischievous.
However, with the latest development, Nigerians are likely to raise more questions over the status of the President who had handed power over to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
There were rumours that Mr. Osinbajo was being pressure to resign to pave way for a northern governor or candidate to replace Mr. Buhari. Mr. Osinbajo is a Yoruba man from southwestern Nigeria while President Buhari is a Fulani man from northern Nigeria.
Those close to the Vice President dismissed those rumours that there was pressure on the Vice President to resign. But, the rumours have persisted.
Below is the statement issued by the Presidency on Sunday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order 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. 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.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
February 5, 2017