Nigeria leader leaves for medical checkups amid health fears

Geneva Matthews
Мая 10, 2017

Buhari, president since 2015, returned to the country on March 10 after a seven-week medical leave to treat an undisclosed ailment in the United Kingdom, and has missed the last three weekly cabinet meetings.

He, therefore, urged the senate to disregard the letter in view of the inconsistency.

Femi Adesina, his spokesman, said the 74-year-old's doctors would determine how long he will stay in the British capital, where he spent almost two months undergoing treatment from mid-January.

According to those Senators, the letter was not clear enough, especially as regards the transfer of the powers of his office to Vice President Osinbajo. We have the budget and so many other serious issues for us to discuss and Nigerians are waiting.

"As l noted earlier, l have absolute confidence that government will continue to run smoothly while I'm away".

I wish to inform the distinguished Senate that I will be away for a scheduled medical followup with my doctors in London.

After the letter was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki, a senator observed that there was no reference to Osinbajo as the "Acting President" in it.

He said the president had transmitted the vacation letter to the National Assembly in accordance with Section 145 of the constitution.

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Below is a statement from Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

On his part, another member of the inner bar, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) faulted the way the committee was constituted, even as he argued that the acting president was not the right person to head the panel in the first place.

"But I think it is important that people don't die while we are thinking, people don't die while we are planning to ensure that we are able to provide for them".

Fani-Kayode, in a series of tweets, said that usage of the word "coordinate" is unsafe and insulting.

It is time for us to decide: do we have a nation of equals or not?

The Nigerian leader had traveled to London in January for a similar check up.

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government would re-strategise with all the agencies involved in the rehabilitation of victims of insurgency in order to address their most urgent problems.

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