ABUJA, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left here Sunday night for London to undergo follow-up medical check-ups and consultation with his doctors after spending 51 day in Britain from Jan 20 to March 10 for medical treatment.

He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon but decided to tarry slightly to await the arrival of 82 of the Chibok girls who arrived in Abuja earlier in the day after their release by their Boko Haram militant kidnappers.

The President assured Nigerians that there is no cause for worry, said Femi Adesina, his media and publicity adviser, regarding his London trip. He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.

The length of the President’s stay in London will be determined by the doctors. Government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the Vice-President (Yemi Osinbajo). President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.

The President had also travelled to Britain in June last year to check an ear infection.

Vice-President Osinbajo and Senate President Bukola Saraki were on hand at the airport here Sunday night to bid farewell to President Buhari. The President said on his twitter handle on Sunday that he had received the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari posted: I received Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara at home this evening ahead of my trip tonight.”