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No definite time for Buhari’s return to Nigeria – Presidency 

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja    |   19 February 2017   |   4:45 am  

President Muhammadu Buhari

Despite increasing agitations over President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence since January 19, 2017, when he left the country on a medical vacation to the United Kingdom (UK), there is no definite answer from the presidency on when he is expected back

President Buhari was expected back on the February 6, 2017 after an initial 10-day medical vacation, but that was not to be. 

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had in a statement at the expiration of the 10 days confirmed ‎that the President would be extending his stay in the UK to “complete the test circle before returning.”

When The Guardian contacted Mr Adesina yesterday for update, he briefly said “when the President is coming will be made known.” 

Recall that President Buhari was expected to resume from his vacation on Monday, February 6, 2017.

However, he wrote to the National Assembly informing the parliament of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

With the Presidency failing to come up with a categorical statement on when President Buhari would return to the country, the development has continued to fuel agitations, with many Nigerians demanding hourly bulletin on President Buhari’s status, as was the case when former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was indisposed.

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  • Ebitari

    This is a joke gone too far. For crying out loud, Nigerians have a right to know what’s going on.

    • Outraged

      Sut up, we hava an acting presido

      • Ebitari

        Not all of us are mental retards like you are. Nigerians have a right to know.

        • Outraged

          Mumu, God punish you. Nigeria is on course. Osinbajo is repping. What do you expect from Yorubas? intelligence leadership though I am not Yoruba but live in Lagos. By the way BABA will be back and everything will be fine. You can go and die Ewu goat

  • Akin Malaolu

    Anytime is time so long the country is at peace.

    May God protect our president amen.

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  • Osanebi Osakuni

    The maximum period of a grace for medical leave in public service is 30-days. Buhari’s situation will soon trigger off interpretations of Public Service rules in Nigeria. We wait for the resumption of the National Assembly.

  • abodes_124

    I am not particularly curious as to when Buhari will return Neither am I anxious that he return before he is fully recovered and rested. VP will do the best he can meanwhile and does not actually seem to be doing too badly.

  • Ogbonnaya Okike

    The President went for a course and he should have a complete result of his mission!!!! You know he phoned Mr. Trump (the President of USA) sometime ago (whether true or false)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vic

    BUHARI’S CABAL BLOCKING GUARDIAN REPORTERS TO DO THEIR LEGITIMATE WORK IN FINDING THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS FIBRE, BUHARI??

    BUHARI IS NOT GOING TO LAST IN THIS EPISODE. BUHARI HAS MADE A NONSENSE OF HIMSELF. HE IS A TOTAL LIABILITY AND A BURDEN ON NIGERIA.

  • Ify Onabu

    When an employee is performing badly by reason of sickness, his employer is entitled to commence capability procedure in relation to that employee. If the Mullah is no longer able to perform, his employer [the people of Nigeria] is entitled to determine whether he is fit enough to continue in employment. This brings to fore one issue that is hardly discussed in Nigerian politics: the fitness, or otherwise, of the actual or potential occupant of the highest office in the land. Why do our people think that questioning the health status of the President is a taboo? It is not a taboo in settled and advanced democracies from which we copied. The Mullah in Aso Rock knew all along that he cannot cope with the rigours of office, so why did he bother to contest the elections in the first place?

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