Nigeria Senate receives ailing Buhari's letter

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Nigerian Senate on Tuesday officially read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter dated February 5, 2017 requesting an extension of his vacation in London for medical checkups.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read the letter at the resumption of plenary.

The Senate had before resumption from its four weeks break, admitted receiving the letter from the president.

The letter reads: “Further to my letter dated Jan. 18, 2017 in which I notified the distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave.

Routine examinations

“During my leave I took the opportunity to have routine checkups and consult my long standing doctors in London. In the course of the routine examinations, certain tests results indicated the need for a course of medications and further appointments rescheduled 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, Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo would continue to act on my behalf. Please accept distinguished Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration.”

In good spirit

Dr Saraki said that the National Assembly leadership visited President Buhari in London, adding that he was in good spirit and in good health.

“He was chatting as usual and conveys his best wishes and hopes to be back with us very soon,’’ he said.

President Buhari has been in London for the past 33 days, receiving medical attention for an undisclosed ailment, leaving room for speculation.

Serious illness

An online media has claimed that the president had died, a report that was immediately refuted by the government and friends to the Nigerian leader.

Several President Buhari photographs taken in London have continued to circulate to dispel rumours of serious illness or death.

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