President Mohammadu Buhari on Sunday departed Abuja to london for a two week medical vacation, saying his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo would be in charge of state affairs while he is away from the country.
When asked if his absence won’t affect state functions, he said, “Well, I cannot claim to be doing the work alone. The government is fully represented. The Vice President is there.
“Constitutionally, when I’m away, he’s in charge. Then, we have the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and then the Chief of Staff, so, there’s no problem.”
However, since the National Assembly was not in session on Sunday it would not be confirmed if the president transmit a letter transfering power to the Vice President.
According to the presidency, Buhari is expected to be in London for two weeks.
“President Buhari departs for medical check up in UK March 6th, 2022,” a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, said while announcing the president’s departure.
He also shared pictures of the President’s departure on his Facebook page.
The Presidency had on Friday in Abuja said the President’s return to Abuja from Nairobi does not cancel his earlier scheduled trip to the United Kingdom for a routine medical checkup.
This is as it said the President’s earlier scheduled trip to London for routine medical checkup still stands.
The aircraft conveying the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), which arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 1 pm, was initially bound to proceed to London from Nairobi.
Buhari attended the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme in Nairobi, which was held from March 3 – 4, 2022, where he called for broader collaboration amongst UN member states to combat climate change.