Saraki Reads Buhari’s Feb 5 Letter To Senate

Senate President Bukola Saraki, who paid President Muhammadu Buhari a visit in London on February 15 in the company of Speaker, House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and Majority Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday read a letter dated February 15, which he received from Buhari during the 3-weeks recess of the Upper House.

Buhari’s initial 10-day leave expired on February 5

Buhari’s letter reads,: “Further to my letter dated January 18, 2017, in which I notified the distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave.

“During my leave, I took the opportunity to have routine check-ups and consult my long-standing doctors in London.

“In the course of the routine examinations, certain test results indicated the need for a course of medications and further appointments have been scheduled for next week.

“I am, therefore, notifying the Distinguished Senate that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out. In the circumstances, the vice-president will continue to act on my behalf.”

Saraki then used the opportunity of the occasion to brief the Senate on the delegation he led to visit Buhari in London.

He said: “Further to the correspondence from Mr. President, let me also use this opportunity to brief my colleagues on the visit. I led a delegation of myself, the Honourable Speaker and the Majority Leader to visit Mr. President, Buhari, on Wednesday, February 15, to convey the greetings and best wishes of the National Assembly and I am happy to report that we met the President in good spirits; in good health; chatty as usual; and conveys his best wishes and hopes to be back very soon.”

Hours later, Mr Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media read another letter from the President, thanking Nigerians for their patience and prayers for him

He said: “The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern.

“President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry.

‘”During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating the President staying longer than originally planned.”