The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, informing the legislature of his intention to extend his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, however, the upper chamber of the National Assembly however failed to provide details of the letter.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, while briefing journalists on the letter said; “You will recall that we received, before we suspended plenary, a letter from Mr. President which was dated 18th January, 2017, where he informed the distinguished senators that he was proceeding on his vacation for 10 days and this is to meet the constitutional provisions…
“In this second letter, he is informing the Senate that he is extending his vacation because in the cause of that routine medical check-up, there were still some tests his doctors still want to run further and so, because of that, he is extending his stay.
This is a constitutional provision and let me say it is within his prerogative to do so and we are in receipt of that letter accordingly.”
Abdullahi also stated that the letter did not say when the President would return.
He added that he was not sure if the constitution had a specific duration for a President’s absence from duty.