President Muhamadu Buhari resumed duty on Monday as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after his vacation in the United Kingdom.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu confirmed the development on Monday while fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja. Garba said the president would hold a meeting with Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, further confirmed in a brief statement released on Monday that the president had written to notify the National Assembly officially to legalise his resumption.
“In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President has formally transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly “that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation,” the statement read.
Buhari returned from the UK last Friday, several weeks after he proceeded on a 10-day vacation that was extended indefinitely to enable him receive comprehensive treatment for an undisclosed ailment, leading to speculations, which have turned out to be bogus, that the president was not fit enough to return to the country in another three months.
Buhari landed in Kaduna, as the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja was closed for scheduled repairs.
While thanking Nigerians for their constant prayers for his good health, the president revealed that he might be going back to London in the next few weeks for a routine medical check-up.
“All I will need is to do further follow ups within some weeks.
“I thank you very much and may God bless our country,’’ he said.