Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki denies plot to take over from Buhari

- 1/27/2017
Bukola Saraki and President Buhari
Saraki, Buhari and King of Morocco 
Bukola Saraki denies Presidency take over rumours. Nigeria is really an interesting place. Never a dull moment in Africa's most populous country. Which by the way, is currently experiencing it's worst economic recession ever. 
And in the midst of all this hardship, a further complication threatens. A situation some fear might be a repeat of history, with regards to an ailing sitting President.

The head of Nigeria’s Senate Saraki has denied plot to take over from President Buhari.

Rumours or facts? The President's recent trip to the UK on vacation has sparked rumours that President Muhammadu Buhari is not well man. 

And since Bukola Saraki, the president of the upper house of the Nigerian National Assembly, holds the third-highest political office in the West African country, behind Buhari and his Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, it is not hard to see how such a rumour got started.

The 74 year old Buhari left Nigeria on January 19 for a vacation in the U.K, where he would undergo "routine medical checkups," according to his spokesman Femi Adesina. Osinbajo has been the acting president while Buhari is on vacation. A situation that clearly makes some people uncomfortable as the country struggles to mentain it's relatively new political stability in the midst of economic crisis.

Concerning the rumours the Senate president had this to say.

“My first initial reaction was to ignore this empty rumour but after being inundated with calls from across the country and abroad, it became necessary for me to make clarifications from our own end,” said Saraki in the statement.

“Such suggestions as contained in the speculation can only bring ill will, disunity and crisis to the country, and I therefore advise the sponsors to desist immediately.”

The Nigerian presidency has also been dismissive of the reports. The political adviser to the president, Babafemi Ojudu, said Wednesday that the story “is simply not true” and urged media outlets not to be “purveyors of fake news,” Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.

Saraki, 54, is a popular and controversial figure  and a member of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress and a former governor of the western Kwara state.

On the legal side, he is currently facing trial on multiple charges of false declaration of assets, which he denies. Nigeria’s Attorney General filed the charges in September 2015 but the trial has suffered multiple delays.

Second time within a year. Though his advisers have stressed that Buhari is in good health, the trip is actually the second time in less than a year that the Nigerian president has undergone medical treatment in the U.K. During a June 2016 trip to London, Buhari sought specialist treatment for an ear infection.

As the troubled West African nation holds its breath, Buhari is expected to return to work on February 6, according to his spokesman Adesina.

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