President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the lawmakers of his return from a 103-day medical vacation in London and his subsequent resumption of duty, an official has said.
The president signed the letter of notice for dispatch to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, hours after his nationwide broadcast to the nation Monday morning.
The presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, disclosed the development in a statement on Monday afternoon.
“In line with constitutional provision, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his return to office, after returning from medical vacation in London,” disclosed Mr. Adesina.
Mr. Buhari returned to the country on Saturday, after leaving the country on May 7. In his letter dated August 21, his spokesperson said, he told the Senate as well as the House of Representatives that he was resuming office.
“In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom,” the president stated.
While Mr. Buhari was on medical vacation, his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, was at the helm of affairs in acting capacity in the country.
Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari on Monday resumed duty as the country’s president two days after he returned from London where he spent more than 100 days receiving medical treatment to an undisclosed ailment.
“In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom,” Buhari said in a letter sent to the National Assembly.
However, indications emerged that the President will temporarily operate from his official residence also located in the villa.
A Presidency source told The Guardian that construction giant, Julius Berger is currently carrying out renovation work in the office. It is uncertain when or how long the renovation would last.
President Buhari returned to the country last Saturday after spending over three months medical sojourn in the United Kingdom (UK).
He left for London on May 7, 2017, and handed the reins of government to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who functioned as the Acting President.
Speaking to State House Correspondents, Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina on Monday said, “Yes, some few minutes past 11 am, the President signed the letter notifying the National Assembly of his resumption.
“A copy has been sent to the Senate President and a copy has been sent to the Speaker, House of Representatives, so the President has resumed.”
On Nigerians reaction to the President’s broadcast that his message was not explicit enough, Adesina said, “that broadcast was just one step of many steps that are going to be taken in the days and weeks and months ahead so you can’t expect that everything will be said in one day.”