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Osinbajo forced to cut short Davos trip as Buhari embarks on medical leave

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Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, has cut short his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical leave to the UK.

Osinbajo, who led the country’s delegation to the forum, was scheduled to return on Friday, but will now arrive a day earlier.

On Thursday, Buhari sent a letter to the Senate, seeking a 10-day leave.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the letter on the floor of the house.

Buhari explained that while he is away, Osinbajo would act in his capacity as the President.

“I will be away on a 10-day working vacation as part of my 2017 annual leave from Monday, January 23 to Monday, February 6, 2017,” the letter reads partly.

“While I am away, the Vice President performs the functions of my office. Please, accept the assurances of my highest regards”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has explained that Buhari’s 10-day vacation is for medical check-ups.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, tweeted that his principal would be doing routine medical check-ups in the UK.

“PMB goes to UK today on short leave. He resumes on Feb 6. While away, he will do routine medical check-ups. VP Osinbajo acts as President,” Adesina said in his tweet.

This is the third time that Buhari will be seeking medical attention in the UK in less than two years in office.

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