|President Muhammadu Buhari|
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for the United Kingdom on Thursday on a short leave, which is part of his annual vacation.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has tweeted that he is taking his annual vacation, and has not spoken of taking medical leave, as we reported in an earlier post.
I will be away on a short medical vacation from Monday January 23 to February 6th, 2017.
While I am away, the vice-president will perform the functions of my office.”
Mr Buhari did not give details about what is wrong with him.
In June last year, he flew to London to be treated for an ear infection.
A leading Nigerian doctor has accused Mr Buhari of reneging on a promise to end “medical tourism” by seeking treatment in the UK.
Nigerians spent $1bn (£690m) on foreign medical trips in 2013, most of which was unnecessary, said Dr Osahon Enabulele.
Here’s his tweet:
Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
“He is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017. During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups. In line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President of the Senate, and Speaker, House of Representatives, have been duly communicated.
“While away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President,” he said.