President Muhammadu Buhari,Thursday, wrote the National Assembly, intimating the legislative chambers of his plans to travel with to the United Kingdom for medical holiday.
The President also notified the National Assembly of transfer of power to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, to act as President in his absence.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said the President is “on a short leave which is part of his annual vacation.
It added said that “During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups.”
Since the beginning of the week, the President has been performing the functions of his office mostly at his official residence located within the precinct of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adesina’s statement added that “In line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President of the Senate, and Speaker, House of Representatives, have been duly communicated.”
While away, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would perform the functions of the Office of the President. The President is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.
It is the third time Buhari will be transferring power to Osinbajo to act as president, since the two leaders were inaugurated in May 2015.
The first time was in February 2016 when the President embarked on a five-day vacation; and the second time was in June 2016 when Buhari went on a trip to the United Kingdom for medical for treatment of what the Presidency called ear infection.