President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly informing them of his desire to extend his leave.
This is coming at a time Nigerians were anxiously waiting for his return, after much speculations on the social media that he was dead.
The President did not state the duration of the extension; but the letter, which was written on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated that the extension was to enable the president complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.
“The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives. Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes,” the statement noted.
President Buhari is expected to be back to the country on Monday, February 6th after his ten days’ vacation to London. The Presidency had also said the President would use the opportunity for his medical checkup.
In a separate development, one of Nigeria’s Hip-hop Artists, 2Face (Innocent Idibia) has cancelled his planned nationwide protest 24 hours to the return and resumption of President Buhari.
Idibia had used his Instagram handle, @official2baba, to call on Nigerians – especially his fans and followers – to support a peaceful protest demanding for good, among others, from government, saying that, the Nigerian government had failed its people by leading the country into an economic downturn.
2Face announced the cancellation of the protest via his Instagram page, Official2baba, Saturday evening. In the video clip, 2face said, “Dear Nigerians, after due consultations, it has become clear that the #OneVoice Nigerian protest scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja on Monday the 6th of February is under serious threat of hijack by interests not aligned with our ideals. The point and intent am making is not worth the life of any Nigerian.
“It is a fact motivated by the need to demand a better deal for the ordinary Nigerian. I therefore announce the cancellation of the planned protest. We will share further information in due course … I appreciate the massive support and I am convinced that our voices have been heard. May God bless you all, and may God bless Nigeria,” 2face concluded.
Earlier, the plan protest has generated a lot of mixed reactions in the news and social media.