Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari left the country yesterday for the United Kingdom on a short leave.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement.

According to Adesina, the leave is part of the president's annual vacation and he (Buhari) is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.

The presidential spokesman also stated that during the vacation, President Buhari would also undergo routine medical check-ups.

He said in line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara have been duly communicated.

Adesina noted that while the president is away, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would perform the functions of the Office of the President.

As of the time of filing this report yesterday, the vice president was in Davos, Switzerland, for this year's World Economic Summit.

A statement by the spokesman of the vice president had earlier in the week said Osinbajo was scheduled to return to Nigeria on Friday (today).

Shortly before Buhari departed the Presidential Villa yesterday around 12.20pm, his wife, Aisha, was meeting with the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda, at the First Lady Wing of the Villa.

This is the third time President Buhari would be embarking on vacation in less than one year.

The president had on February 5, 2016 embarked on a six-day annual vacation.

Also on June 6, 2016, the president was went on another 10-day vacation during which he travelled to London to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Our correspondent reports that President Buhari had been away from his office in the last three days.

The president was briefly in the office on Monday.

He received the governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade, in his residence at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

On Wednesday, the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting was put off with some officials in the Presidency citing the Tuesday's'accidental' bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons camp at Rann, Borno State.


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