President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday resumed office at the Aso Rock, Presidential Villa after almost 50 days after his vacation in London.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who revealed this in a press statement said the President has formally transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly of his resumption.
”In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President has formally transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly of his resumption.
“I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation.”
Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, Buhari’s media aides, arrived the President’s office this morning at around 10;55 am while the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, went to the president’s office at 10.55am. Mr president was said to have arrived at 11 am.
Mr. Adesina on his twitter page added the President is billed to receive a briefing from the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who has been acting as President while he was away on vacation.
Buhari who departed Nigeria for London on January 19th on a medical leave returned to Nigeria last Friday, after recuperating.
Buhari arrived at exactly 7.41am at the Air Force Base Mando in Kaduna State and was received by the Kaduna State Deputy Governor Bala Bantex, GOC 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the Air Officer Commanding,Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Christopher Okoye, the Commissioner of police and other dignitaries.
President Buhari after alighting from the Presidential Jet was immediately taken to Abuja with a chopper. The president had announced soon after his return that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was going to continue in that capacity as he still needed to ‘rest’.
Meanwhile, the presidency has confirmed that President Buhari would return to London for further medical treatment but the date remains uncertain for now.
The presidency, however, stated that though the actual date remained uncertain, the decision would solely be determined by President Buhari and his own doctors.
Disclosing this in an interview with Arise News Network on Sunday, March 12, in Abuja, the senior special assistant to the president on media, Garba Shehu, noted that the president had given notice that he will need to go back, which he described as normal.
The presidential aide also said since Buhari’s return, everyone at the presidential villa felt a sense of relief.
“Our colleagues who were with him there – the pressure on them – everybody wanted to see the president, rulers, traditional rulers, chiefs, ministers, governors, everyone wanted to go to London and see the president and the denial of that access, which was on the advice of doctors, placed them under considerable pressure.”