President Buhari has on Thursday, January 19, 2017 left on a two weeks annual leave for routine medical check up in the United Kingdom.
The Presidency made this known in a statement sent to the Senate which reads; ”
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 planned trip was also announced on social media via his Twitter page;
Similarly, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina also disclosed the news via Twitter, few minutes after Buhari’s letter was read at the floor of the Senate. He wrote;
“PMB goes to UK today on short leave. He resumes on Feb 6. While away, he will do routine medical check-ups. VP Osinbajo acts as President.
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.”
Vice-President Osinbajo who is expected back in the country on Friday, is currently away in Davos, Switzerland leading the Federal Government’s delegation at the World Economic Forum.
The last public event attended by Buhari was the grand finale of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the National Arcade, Abuja. He had joined other top government officials to lay wreath in honour of the nation’s fallen heroes.
Since the news of the President’s ‘short leave’ emerged, mixed reactions have trailed the announcement, as some Nigerians say it is insensitive for the President to travel for a vacation just few days after a Military jet mistakenly released a bomb on Rann IDP camp which killed over 50 persons and injured many more.
Following the Rann IDP camp erroneous bombing, the regular Wednesday meetings of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, was shifted and President Buhari consented to it.
Consequently, the President dispatched a high powered team made up of Ministers and government functionaries to Maiduguri on a condolence visit.