President Buhari requests extended medical leave

ABUJA – The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday asked parliament to extend his medical leave. The president allegedly suffers from consistent ear infection.

In a statement released by his office, after he took two weeks off for medical checks in Britain, President indicated a compelling reason for the medical leave.

Per regional and international political analysts, the Nigerian leader extended leave could hurt already-shaky confidence in his administration amid criticism that the government is gripped by inertia.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” the statement said.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.”

Nigerians in the U.S. say the president’s desire to seek medical attention in Britain is hypocritical. Per a Nigerian in New York who opted to remain anonymous said why can’t Buhari seek medical checkup in Nigeria

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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