- Presidency says reports of anxiety in Nigeria over President Buhari's absence are untrue
- Bashir Ahmad says Acting President Osinbajo is fully in control in President Buhari's absence
- New York Times had reported that Buhari's absence has caused some concern for Nigerians
The Presidency has expressed disappointment in the submissions of the New York Times in its report on the latest medical trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Kingdom.
Personal Assistant to President Buhari on new media Bashir Ahmad denied that there is a vacuum in the leadership of the country as indicated in the report.
According to him, the vice president Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is now the acting president because President Buhari properly handed over to his deputy.
Ahmad was reacting to the New York Times report which claimed there was anxiety in Nigeria over the President's trip for another medical treatment abroad.
The report, written by Dionne Searcey and Tony Iyare, was titled: "President Buhari’s Prolonged Absences Put Nigeria on Edge".
The report read in part: "The release last weekend of 82 of the schoolgirls kidnapped from the village of Chibok consumed and elated people around the world. But in Nigeria the news was quickly caught up in another drama: Who, exactly, is in charge of Africa’s biggest economy?
"Officially, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken over while the president is in London. But some Nigerians are asking how Mr. Buhari can run the country when he has been too ill to attend his own cabinet meetings."
It also quoted an associate professor of political science at Lagos State University Sylvester Odion Akhaine as saying: “There is today no clear leadership. His absence harbors potential seeds of instability.”
NAIJ.com had reported that Nigerians reacted sharply to reports that President Buhari departed the country for his medical trip just shortly after receiving the 82 Chibok girls released by Boko Haram at the weekend.
Read some of the reactions below:
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a man on the streets of Lagos that has harsh words for President Buhari who he believes is not doing so well for the masses.