The Presidency has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will resume work today, although it tried to downplay expectations about the president’s speed at work.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu gave the assurance last night that Buhari will resume work today. But he was also reported by This Day to have cautioned against expecting the president to resume work in a “dramatic way”. Garba reportedly said the president needed a careful and slow resumption of duty.
Shehu also said that Buhari would transmit a letter to the National Assembly today in order to formally notify the legislature of his return to the country.
“God willing, the letter will be sent there (the National Assembly) tomorrow (today). God willing, Mr President will be in the office tomorrow (today),” Shehu stated.
President Buhari had returned to the country in the wee hours of Friday, 50 days after he departed for the United Kingdom on a medical vacation.
While Buhari was away, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo acted as president.
Buhari had, at a reception held at the First Lady’s Conference Room of the State House on Friday, explained that he deliberately returned to the country towards the weekend “so that the vice president will continue and I will continue to rest.”
Daily Trust reports that President Buhari had, since his return, retired to his official residence at the Aso Rock Villa.
The president did not attend the Jum’aat prayer at the State House Mosque on Friday.
His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had Friday said via his Twitter handle, @FemAdesina, that Buhari would transmit a letter to the National Assembly today in order to make his return to work formal and constitutional.
Adesina was then dismissing reports that President Buhari had asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to continue as acting president.
The Constitution requires the president to transmit a letter to the National Assembly notifying it that he wish to resume his functions as president.