Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his medical leave indefinitely due to “doctors recommendations”, a statement from Aso Rock on Sunday, February 5, 2017 says.
Buhari left Nigeria for London on January 17 for a 10-day medical leave. He was expected back in Nigeria today, Sunday but instead, a statement signed by Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, informing Nigerians that the president had extended his leave to “conduct a series of tests recommended by his doctors”.
Adesina did not indicate when the president would return or how many more days he extended his leave by.
“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 statement, which was shared on Facebook, said.
“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,” the statement ended.
Buhari Health Rumours
Rumours about the health status of the president continue to swirl on cyber-space after a fake news website reported that Buhari had passed on.
The Nigerian presidency has debunked the rumour and said that the retired military general, 74, is “alive and well”.
“He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” Garba Shehu, one of Buhari’s spokespersons, said in a short post on his Facebook page.
While making the official announcement, concerning the president’s medical leave, Adesina had assured that there is nothing to worry about the president’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation.
The president himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet.
The rumours won’t go away. Wednesday morning, news began to circulate online that the present was on life-support at King’s College Hospital. According to the blogger who reported the story, his source is an inside source familiar with the situation.