President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly to intimate the senators and members of the House of Representatives that he has resumed work after his 104-day medical vacation to London, United Kingdom.
However, according to The Punch, Buhari, who returned to the country on Saturday, will be working from his official residence, and not his office, for now. A Presidency source reportedly attributed the development to an ongoing renovation in the President’s office. The source did not say how long the renovation will last.
In a statement made available to journalists on Monday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the communication was in line with constitutional provision that requires Buhari to notify the lawmakers of his return.
Adesina quoted Buhari’s letter as stating that, “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,”
He told reporters that the letter to the National Assembly was dispatched at few minutes after 11am, and that “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 what his resumption meant to Nigerians, the presidential spokesman said, “it means the President they voted into office, who has been serving them and who was indisposed for some time and who came back on Saturday, is ready to continue with the work he has been doing.”
Responding to the reaction of Nigerians to the President’s broadcast, 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.”