President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night left for London, United Kingdom (UK) to meet with his doctors, where the length of his stay would be determined by his medical team. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president who had planned to depart on Sunday afternoon but delayed the trip by some hours to receive the 82 freed Chibok girls, had transmitted a letter to the National Assembly in this respect. On his twitter handle on Sunday night, Adesina gave notice of the trip saying:
“PMB travels tonight for medical follow-up. The length of stay to be determined by London doctors. Govt to function normally under VP.”
Subsequently, the President himself subsequently confirmed his departure and his notification of the trip to the National Assembly in a series of tweets from his official twitter handle.
Before he departed, the President said that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will take charge of government in his absence, while assuring that there was no cause for anxiety concerning his health. On his twitter handle, he wrote:
“I’d like to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. I appreciate your prayers and kind wishes. May God continue to bless Nigeria.”
He also disclosed that he had transmitted letters of his medical vacation to the Senate and the House of Representatives as required by Section 145 (1) of the Constitution.
“I have sent the required letters regarding my trip to @NGRSenate and @HouseNGR, in line with Section 145(1) of the 1999 Constitution.”
To pay a farewell visit to President Buhari before his departure, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were in the Presidential Villa on Sunday night
“I received Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara at home this evening ahead of my trip tonight,” President Buhari confirmed on his twitter handle on Sunday.
This will be the President’s fourth medical vacation to the United Kingdom since his inauguration on May 29, 2015. He returned from his last trip to the United Kingdom on March 10, 2017, which lasted 49 days, a trip that caused anxiety among many Nigerians following an extension of the trip initially planned for ten days. This new development may be an eventual confirmation of the speculations that the President has been gravely ill and needs to see his doctors. President Buhari’s health has continued to generate controversy, since he returned from the last medical vacation, following his failure to attend the last three meetings of the Federal Executive Council, FEC. Earlier, while hosting the 82 rescued Chibok schoolgirls to a light reception, President Buhari described their rescue as a pleasant 2nd-anniversary gift to Nigerians.
While commending all those who contributed in one way or another to secure the Chibok Girls release, Buhari also reassured Nigerians, especially relatives and friends of the remaining girls that the Federal Government will spare no effort to see that they and all other Nigerians who have been abducted safely regain their freedom.