By Concise News Correspondents
The Presidency has said the period of extension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vacation in London was not specified because “there is no vacuum in government.’’
President Buhari’s media aide Femi Adesina made this known on Sunday in the wake of reaction to the president’s extension of vacation.
Adesina said the time was not stated so as to enable the president get clean bill of health from his doctors.
He said the president has already transmitted power to the Vice-President who has been performing his constitutional duties as acting president.
According to Adesina, with the extension of his vacation, President Buhari now has adequate time to rest before he returns home.
”When he was leaving on 19 January we announced that it was a vacation during which he would also do routine medical check-ups.
”Now, those check-ups have thrown up things that need to be further looked at and that is why he is asking for this extension of the vacation.
”The time is not stated and that reason is not far to seek because Mr President transmitted power to his vice, who is now the acting President.
”So, he does not need to be under that pressure of time again because there is no vacuum in government, there is an acting president.
”Therefore, the doctors can now exhaustively look at him and give him a clean bill of health before he returns home,’’ he said.
Stop spreading rumour
On those spreading rumours on the president’s health conditions, the presidential aide urged them to desist from such acts.
”My message will be what I also said before, goodwill, let us have goodwill towards our president.
”We as human beings must have goodwill towards one another. Any man can be sick; any man can get well; any man can even die, we are mortals.
”Therefore, all those who peddle those evil, mischievous, malicious and malevolent rumours on social media need to have a rethink. Instead of all those evil wishes they should have goodwill towards the president,’’ he added.
Adesina in an earlier statement disclosed that President Buhari had written the National Assembly, informing it of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.