Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has assured members of the Senate that President Muhammadu Buhari is hale and hearty and will back in the country very soon, Leadership reports.
Saraki made the disclosure on Tuesday, February 21, while briefing the Senate on the outcome of a recent visit by the leadership of the National Assembly to President Buhari.
After reading pending letters to the Senate from Buhari on the extension of his vacation in London, acting President Yemi Osinbajo requesting the confirmation of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), and the nomination of an additional ambassadorial nominee, Saraki said President Buhari is in good spirit.
He said: “Further to the correspondence from Mr. President, let me also use this opportunity to brief my colleagues on the visit I led a delegation of myself, the Honourable Speaker and the Majority Leader to visit Mr President Buhari on Wednesday 15th of February to convey the greetings and best wishes of the National Assembly and I am happy to report that we met the President in good spirit, in good health, chatty as usual and convey his best wishes and hopes to be back very soon.”
President Buhari left Nigeria for London on annual vacation January 19, with a promise to return on February 6. He also noted that he would see his doctors while there and handed over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
But on February 5, a day before he was due to return, the president sent another letter to the National Assembly, informing lawmakers of his intention to extend the trip until his doctors complete ‘a cycle’ of medical examination on him.
The prolonged absence got many Nigerians worried and triggered speculation that the president is bedridden.
But photos of the president with a former Interim National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande and the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London on Thursday, February 9, silenced speculators.