President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Nigeria to see his Doctors after receiving Chibok girls. In keeping with his statement last March that he would have to return to the United Kingdom for a follow up on his medical treatment, President Muhammadu Buhari, after receiving the 82 Chibok girls who were released from captivity on Saturday, left last night for London, the British capital, for further consultations with his doctors.
Before his departure, however, Buhari Twitted pictures of himself, Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and his Chief of State, Dr. Abba Kyari, who met with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Though details of the meeting were not made public, the president said in the Twitter post: “This evening at home I received Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, ahead of my Trip to London tonight.”
A statement by the president’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the duration of the trip, which he described as a follow up medical consultation with his doctors, would be as determined by the doctors.
According to Adesina, the president had initially planned to embark on the trip Sunday afternoon but had to delay his flight as a result of the arrival of the 82 Chibok girls who were released from captivity Saturday night in Borno State and arrived Abuja yesterday.
The presidential spokesman who said the president had transmitted the letter of his departure to the National Assembly, in accordance with Section 145 of the Constitution, added that Buhari assured Nigerians that there was no cause for alarm and urged them to remember him in their prayers.
“The president wishes to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.
“The length of the president’s stay in London will be determined by the doctors. The government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the vice-president.
“President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution,” the statement added.
The president initially left the country on January 19, four days earlier than the scheduled commencement of a 10-day vacation, promising that he would return on February 6 to resume duty.
But on February 5, the presidency announced the extension of his vacation indefinitely, saying the president wanted to receive the results of the medical tests conducted on him and be certified okay by his doctors before returning Nigeria.
He did not return until March 10.
On his return, his official schedule was kept very light and he never attended any engagements outside the Villa.
Last month, he also missed three cabinet meetings which he was supposed to chair and was rarely seen by the public except at Friday Juma’at service in the Villa.
His absence from government functions and rare sightings fuelled speculations about his health and capacity to execute the demands of his office.
But the government maintained that he was taking things easy and resting on the advise of his doctors.
Buhari’s departure for London last night would leave a number of issues unresolved. Chief among them is the decision on the much awaited outcome of the suspension and probe of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayo Oke.