Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is learned to be delaying his return from British capital London citing health reasons.
The president’s spokesperson Femi Adesina released a statement to the National Assembly on Sunday saying the 74-year-old awaits completing and receiving the results of several health tests which were recommended by his doctors.
He was due to return back on Sunday after 10 days’ holiday.
Buhari came to power in May 2015 and ahead of it rumor spread he may not be physically fit for the office.
Earlier the presidency had announced Buhari would be on holiday in London and it will be combined with his routine health checks too, but he was dogged by speculation in the country that he was gravely ill or even dead.
Buhair was last time in British capital in June 2016 for health purpose that was later said he had inner ear infection.
The spokesperson added the doctors have advised Buhari to complete the test cycle before returning.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has been given charge of the power in Buhari’s absence as no time-frame about his return was given and not the kind of tests he is to undergo in London.
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.