In less than two years since his inauguration on
May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari is
seeking another medical vacation,
The president on Tuesday wrote the Senate
informing the red chamber that he is taking a
ten-day medical vacation from Monday
January, 23 to February 6th, 2017.
According to the letter read out at Senate
plenary by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,
the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will be acting
president for the duration of the president’s
Buhari’s letter read, “In compliance with Section
145 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I
wish to inform the Distinguished Senate that I
will be away on a short medical vacation from
Monday January, 23 to February 6th, 2017 and
while I am away, the Vice President (Osinbajo)
will perform the functions of my office.
“Please, accept, as always assurances of my
highest esteemed consideration.”
The letter however did not indicate if the
vacation will be within Nigeria, or is to be spent
outside the country.
Recall that President Buhari had also last year
written the Senate to go on a short medical
vacation from 6th-16th of June, 2016.
The President however, in a short statement by
Mr Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media
and Publicity on Thursday disclosed that the
vacation is to be spent in the United Kingdom.
According to him, Buhari “leaves for the United
Kingdom today on a short leave, which is part of
his annual vacation. He is expected to resume
work on February 6, 2017.
“During the vacation, the President will also
undergo routine medical check-ups”, he said.