Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has again left the country to London for a “follow-up medical consultation” with his doctors there, said presidency spokesman Femi Adesina.
She added the doctors in British capital would decide when the president would return back to Nigeria. In his last visit the 74-year-old spent nearly two months while his death rumors circulated widely in the country.
Adesina said, “The length of the president’s stay in London will be determined by the doctors. Government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the Vice-President (Yemi Osinbajo).”
Adesina said Buhari has assured to all the citizens there is nothing to worry about his health.
She further added on the presidency’s Facebook page and Twitter feed that the president is grateful for the prayers of his citizens and he keeps the hope they people would again pray for the peace and unity in Nigeria.
In his last visit earlier this year in January the trip was billed as a 10-day holiday by his office that combined routine medical check-ups, but he returned in early March after couple of extensions.
Buhari visited London in June 2016 too for his health checks.
The former military ruler came to power in May 2015 and ahead of it rumor spread he may not be physically fit for the office.
Former President Musa Umaru Yar’Adua died in office in 2010 from long-standing and undisclosed kidney complaint. His deputy Goodluck Jonathan took over the office after his death. Considering this the health of Buhari has become a sensitive issue.
Bubari headed a military regime in the 1980s. He was army general then.