President Buhari will be travelling to London for his annual leave on Monday, April 9, 2018.
A source at the Presidency says the leave would allow President Buhari get enough rest before attending the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also known as CHOGM 2018, to be held at the Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace, and Windsor Castle.
The CHOGM meeting is scheduled for April 16th to 20th 2018.
Nigeria is one of the countries that make up the Commonwealth, a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.
However, another Presidency source said President Buhari was travelling to London “to rest and prepare for the 2019 election.
“You know activities are in top gear. The president wants to take time off to prepare for the 2019 battle. Sometimes, a general needs to withdraw and strategise,” the source said.
President Buhari's decision to travel to London has since sparked reactions from Nigerians.
"Wait o, is London the state of origin of President Muhammadu Buhari self? Every annual leave he heads to London. Before he became president, was he always going abroad for leave and treatment? This is an honest question not hate speech. Have a safe trip though," Edafe Matthew said via Twitter.
Most Nigerian have expressed concerns that this might be another medical trip to London.
Recall that President Buhari had in 2017, spent 154 days in London undergoing medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
This situation unsettled the political equation in the country and also affected the economic recovery of the country.
President Buhari's prolonged absence from the country raised suspicions that the President may have passed on.
The President however returned to Nigeria, dousing rumors of his alleged death.