President Muhammadu Buhari will be travelling to London on Sunday night for an indefinite medical follow-up.
This is coming 57 days after the president returned to the country after a 49-day medical vacation in London.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said the length of Buhari’s stay will be determined by his doctors.
“President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London tonight for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors,” Adesina said in a statement.
“He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.
“The president wishes to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.”
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will resume in acting capacity as president, as long as Buhari is away, Adesina added.
“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,” he said.
“President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the senate and the house of representatives, in compliance with section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution.”
When he returned to the country on March 10, Buhari told Nigerians that he would make a follow-up trip in some weeks.
“There may be need to have further follow-ups within some weeks,” he had said.