Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly expressing his desire to extend his medical leave in London indefinitely in order to complete his treatment and await the results of his medical tests.
The extension of his medical leave was announced Sunday in a statement issued on Sunday by Femi Adesina, spokesperson to the president.
According to Mr. Adesina, the president had planned to return to Abuja on Sunday evening but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning. The notice of the extension, he added, has been forwarded to Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
The statement conveyed President Buhari’s gratitude to Nigerians for their kind wishes.
Government spokespersons have severally condemned rumors alleging that the president had died and advised Nigerians to desist from spreading such falsehoods.
Online newspaper Sahara Reporters reports that the president might need to remain in London for as long as four months to resolve a myriad of medical issues, corroborating earlier reports about the possibility of the president’s battle with brain cancer.
Presidency sources say President Buhari requires a major surgery that would force him to miss work for at least four months, but his kitchen cabinet members have refused to let him go for such a prolonged period due to the fear of him losing influence and power.
The statement issued by Mr. Adesina maintained a deafening silence on the exact date of the president’s return.
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