Buhari says no cause for worry

Mrs. Buhari also stated that President Muhammadu Buhari became the President through his never-give-up attitude and compassion for the masses.

"Tests showed he needed a longer period of rest", presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.

The government has sought to allay concerns of a void at the helm of Africa's biggest economy at a time that it is battling recession by stressing that Osinbajo has full powers as acting president.

Nigeria says President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his medical leave in London for a second time.

"Don't you know that the Hippocratic Oath even forbids a doctor from speaking about the condition of his patient except the patient authorises it? ".

The statement, however, is scant on crucial details: a return date for the president and the nature of his ailment.

As customary in the Nigerian legislature, the National Assembly suspended plenary in honour of the late lawmaker who died of a brief illness.

The President revealed that the results of the test conducted on him indicated that he needed a longer period of rest.

"His month-long trip continues a controversial tradition in Nigeria and elsewhere on the continent: presidents disdaining their own health services in favor of overseas medical trips often shrouded in secrecy", the newspaper said. The crisis led the Senate to grant full powers to Yar'Adua's deputy, future president Goodluck Jonathan.

  • Leroy Wright