Mixed reaction as Buhari extends vacation


Ayobami Adedinni and Kayode Tokede

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the decision of President Muhammadu to extend his 10-day vacation in order to get the results of tests recommended by his doctors.

The Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement, yesterday said the President had written to the National Assembly, informing it of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his Medical doctors.

According to him, the President had planned to return to Abuja on Sunday, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.

Undisclosed source had it that Buhari could remain in London for four more months for results of his medical tests.

Reacting, Former Governor of the Old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa said the federal government had explained to Nigerians that President had travelled to overseas on vacation but It is not helpful now to tell Nigerians that he is extending medical vacation.

In his words, “What we were told by the federal government was that the president went overseas on vacation and we wished him happy and peaceful rest and opportunity to rethink Nigeria.

“It is not helpful now to tell us that he is extending medical vocation,” he added.

Also in a text message to Nigerian NewsDirect, The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose said Nigerians should keep hope alive.

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, on his facebook page said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has finally acknowledged that he is sick and has extended his stay abroad indefinitely. It is now clear that Nigeria is in trouble: she is now on auto-pilot.

Kindly pray for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Pray for Nigeria. Pray for the south and the Middle Belt. Pray for peace. An ill wind is about to be unleashed.

The curse has become manifest. The hunter has become the hunted. The evil is visited with greater evil.

God alone rules in the affairs of men and He forges the destiny of nations. The Egyptians we see today, we shall see them no more,” he posted.

The President was on January 19, 2017 ferried out of the country in an air ambulance, four days earlier than the date communicated to the National Assembly for him to embark on medical vacation to the United Kingdom.

President Buhari had written to the National Assembly about his 10-day medical trip to The United Kingdom, in line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

According to the letter which was read at plenary on January 19, by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, President Buhari said he would be away from Monday January 23 to Monday, February 6, 2017, but he could not wait till the January 23 before he was rushed out of the country.


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