By Philips Sunday

London, (AN24) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, February 5, wrote the National Assembly requesting for the extension of his 10 days vacation in London, United Kingdom.

Recall that the President had on Thursday, January 19, embarked on a 10 days vacation in London.

However,  since the President departed the country last week for a 10 days vacation, from where, according to the presidency, he would undergo a medical check-up, tongues have continued to wag as regards the wellbeing of the President.

While some reports claim the President was critically ill, others  insinuated that President Buhari may have even died of the illness.

Displeased with rumours, the Presidency dismissed the rumours saying it was false. The presidency had equally told Nigerians that President Buhari is hale and hearty.

Recall also that in a bid to quash the death rumour, the Presidency released a first photo of the President to Nigerians. In the photo, President Buhari was seen watching a news programme, from his London room, about the goings-on in Nigeria.

In a bid to quash the death rumour making around about the President, the First Lady Aisha Buhari equally visited the President in London.

The President was however expected back in the country today, February 5 and to resume work on Monday, February 6, only to write the National Assembly seeking for an extension.

Buhari’s decision to extend his 10 days vacation was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The statement reads in full: “President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.

“The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes. The statement added.