President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for the United Kingdom for what the Presidency described as “a short leave.” According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President would during the vacation undergo “routine medical check-up.” He said Buhari was expected to resume work on February 6.
The office of the President has,however, indicted that he wrote to the National Assembly late last week informing it of Buhari’s intention to extend his stay in London to conduct and receive the results of medical tests recommended by his doctors. And just yesterday, Adesina told the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in an interview that this was so because there is “no vacuum in government”.
This medical check-up is the third by the President in one year. He had earlier embarked on a six-day vacation between February 5 and 10, 2016. Buhari’s health came under scrutiny during the 2015 election campaign when his opponents claimed he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer. The former military general dismissed the allegations, reported.
Owing to this, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is now acting President. It has been rumored in several quarters that the Acting President was being compelled to resign. The presidency has however, described the claim as ridiculous and urged the people to desist from carrying fake news.
Interestingly, Osinbajo has been more vocal on the current exchange rate, saying that the gap between the parallel rates and official rates needs to be closed soon. Considering that in the past major changes in FX policy occurred when the president was out of the country, it’s not unthinkable for the market to get excited on the prospects of devaluation.
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