President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the Senate on February 5 extending his medical vacation in the United Kingdom has been published by a Nigerian newspaper in full and the details contained in the letter show why Mr. Buhari has not returned.

The letter was published for the first time today by Premium Times, an online newspaper with headquarters in Abuja. It was not clear how the newspaper received the letter, which might have been exclusively sent to the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

In the letter, Mr. Buhari, who left Nigeria on January, saying he would resume work on February 6, explained that test results necessitated that he remained in the United Kingdom.

Read the letter below.

“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.”


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