“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 statement said.
“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.”
Separately, Nigerian music star 2Face on Sunday called off a protest he had planned against the government and its handling of the country’s economic crisis, citing security concerns.
The popular Afro-Pop artist, whose real name is Innocent Idibia, had last week called on Nigerians to march on Feb. 6 to protest the worsening economic conditions in a country frustrated by galloping inflation and sluggish growth.
The police said on Thursday they would not allow the march to go ahead because “hoodlums are planning to hijack” the protest.
“Dear Nigerians, after due consultations, it has become clear that the #OneVoice Nigerian protest scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja on Monday the 6th of February is under serious threat of hijack by interests not aligned with our ideals,” 2Face said in a video clip on his Instagram page.
“The point and intent am making is not worth the life of any Nigerian,” he said.
He said the idea of the protest was to demand a better life for Nigerians.