PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has extended his ongoing vacation to enable him have the weekend off.
This was confirmed by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, in a short interview with State House corespondents before the commencement of National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Osinbajo revealed that, the president who was due to return to Abuja on Wednesday following his initial 10-day vacation would now come on Sunday as he would now be taking the weekend off.
But the Vice President stressed that Buhari was in good health.
He said: “The President will be back on Sunday. I spoke with him yesterday evening and I think it is just the best that he takes the weekend off. He will certainly be back on Sunday.
“I think the most straightforward thing is when he will be back. He will be back on Sunday. There is no point rushing back on Friday or something like that.
“He will just take the weekend off and be back on Sunday.
“He is in perfect health and ready to resume work on Monday morning.
“Mr. President is in good condition, he is fine, he is very well. He should take a day or two off in London and rest a bit and come back hale and hearty on Sunday and be ready for work on Monday.
“So we expect him back on Sunday.”
Recall that the president left Abuja on Monday, June 6, 2016, for a 10-day vacation in London, during which he will seek medical attention for his ailing ear.
The president had an infection in his left ear, believed to be Meniere Disease, which has caused him to drastically reduced his official engagements recently.
The condition is said to cause pains and hearing impairment.
The president had abruptly cancelled planned trips to Edo, Lagos and Rivers states recently with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo drafted to represent him.
The vice president, it would be recalled, represented him for a state visit to Lagos, just as he did for the flag-off of the clean-up exercise of Ogoniland.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday June 5, 2016, the president would see an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist before resting in London.
The statement said: “President Muhammadu Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London on Monday June 6th to rest.
“During the holiday, he will see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection. The President was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated. Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.”
Against reports of ill health, Adesina had previously maintained the president was “fit as a fiddle.”