President Buhari begins 10-day ‘personal visit’ to United Kingdom.
President Muhammadu Buhari has begun a 10-day “personal visit” to the United Kingdom.
His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja, specifically described the trip as a ‘personal visit’, adding that the Nigerian leader, who was in Lagos on Wednesday for inauguration of several projects, left the country’s commercial nerve for Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for commissioning of more infrastructure from where he jetted out.
He said: “At the end of the visit (to Borno), President Buhari will be proceeding to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on May 5, 2019.”
The president had on Friday, August 3, 2018, proceeded on a 10-day holiday to London.
Adesina had through a statement then said in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, President Buhari had already transmitted an official letter to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect.
He had said while the president was on vacation, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would act in his stead.
Earlier, Buhari was in the UK in May 2018 when he had a “technical stopover” in London after a meeting with United States President Donald Trump in Washington.
It was not clear then whether the President used the period of the 10 days to meet with his doctors in the UK.
Earlier, he had in May 2017 traveled to same European nation for an undisclosed medical check-up.
The development had stirred curiosity and heightened the political atmosphere in Nigeria when his return was shrouded in secrecy.
The president has his doctors of longstanding based in London, and in 2017, spent months in the British capital attending to his health.
The nation’s first citizen had, on return from one of his medical trips, said he had never been that sick in his entire life.