President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday extended his 10 -
day vacation which he started penultimate week .
The extension was contained in a three-paragraph statement
made available to journalists by his Special Adviser on
Media and Publicity, Mr . Femi Adesina .
Adesina said the extension was necessary to allow the
President complete the series of medical tests recommended
by his doctors and get the results .
Although he said Buhari had already dispatched a letter to
the National Assembly on the extension , he did not specify
the duration of the extension .
The statement read , “ President Muhammadu Buhari has
written to the National Assembly today , February 5, 2017 ,
informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to
complete and receive the results of a series of tests
recommended by his doctors .
“ The President had planned to return to Abuja this
( Sunday ) evening , but was advised to complete the test
cycle before returning .
The notice has since been dispatched
to the Senate President , and Speaker , House of
“ Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians
for their concern , prayers and kind wishes . ”
Buhari had left Nigeria penultimate Thursday for London,
United Kingdom , where he was scheduled to undergo
medical checkups .
Shortly after he left , there were reports that he had passed
on in a London hospital .
The Presidency has since denied the reports .