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Vice President, Osinbajo to step in as Buhari begins 10-day vacation in UK



President Muhammadu Buhari will begin another round of vacation from Friday .The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Mr Femi Adesina , disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday .

Adesina said Buhari would be away for 10 working days .

He said Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo would be the acting President during the period .

The statement read , “ President Muhammadu Buhari begins a 10 working day holiday from August 3 , 2018 .

“ In compliance with Section 145 ( 1 ) of the 1999 Constitution , a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate , and the Speaker , House of Representatives to that effect .

“ While the President is on vacation , the Vice – President will be in an acting capacity as President .

“ President Buhari will be in London for the holiday . ”

Buhari had between February 5 and 10 , 2016 embarked on a six – day vacation when he remained in London .

On June 6 , 2016 , he embarked on another 10 -day vacation to attend to an ear infection .

Adesina had explained then that Buhari was battling with what he called “ persistent ear infection . ”

Adesina had said although the President had been examined and treated by his personal physician and a specialist in Abuja , both doctors advised him to go for further evaluation as a precaution .

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He said then that the President would , therefore , use the 10 – day break to see an Ear , Nose and Throat specialist in London .

Buhari returned to Nigeria on June 19 , 2016 , after spending 14 days in London .

He again left the country on January 19 , 2017 , on what the Presidency described then as a medical vacation .

When the trip was prolonged , presidential aides announced that the President would be staying back in the British capital to enable him to collect results of some medical tests conducted on him .

Buhari returned to the country on March 10 , 2017 , after a 49 – day medical sojourn , saying he had never been that sick in his life .

He then gave an indication that he would return to London for further check -ups .

After missing public events, including three consecutive weekly Federal Executive Council meetings which raised anxiety in the country , Buhari on May 7 , 2017 , returned to London for medical consultations .

He returned to the country on August 19 , 2017 .

The President had also on May 8 , 2018 , embarked on a four – day medical trip to the UK .

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , had in a statement said , “ President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow ( Tuesday ) undertake a four – day trip to the United Kingdom .

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“ In the course of the technical stop- over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week , the President had a meeting with his doctor .

“ The doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do .

“ President Buhari will return on Saturday , May 12 th .

“ On his return, the President ’ s two – day state visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress Ward Congresses , will now take place on Monday 14 th and Tuesday , 15 th of May . ”