President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived London where he will spend the next 10 days unwinding.
He, as constitutionally required, handed power over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Buhari’s latest vacation comes amid major defections from his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as killing of civilians, police and soldiers in some parts of the country.
Former education minister Oby Ezekwesili said the president seemed more attracted to the juice of office than to the hard work it demands. She questioned Buhari’s work ethic and essentially called him a “lazy” president who deserved no holiday.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the president was leaving the country to pave way for security agencies to violate the rights of Buhari’s political rivals.
Since assuming office in 2015, President Buhari has spent weeks away from work. In 2017, he spent 103 days in London treating an undisclosed ailment.
Although Buhari did not link his latest vacation to any health issue, Bayelsa East senator Ben Murray-Bruce suggested otherwise by calling the president one of London’s “most famous health tourists”.
A few days ago I was with President Obasanjo in Bayelsa where he went for his medical check up. That is a leader who believes in Nigeria. That is a leader who loves Nigeria. Meanwhile, I hear that London would soon have a visit from one of her most famous health tourists.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) August 2, 2018
The president, 75, has admitted to lacking pace and said he wished he was younger. He has repeatedly urged Nigerians to be patient.
Many call Buhari “Baba Go Slow” but that has not stopped him from seeking re-election in 2019.
Some Nigerians say the country needs a young president. After signing the #NotTooYoungToRun bill into law, Buhari joked that young people, who form an overwhelming majority of the Nigerian electorate, should not challenge him in next year’s presidential election.