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Nigeria: Concerns over Buhari’s health as he returns to his doctors in UK

By Chinedu Asadu

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Posted on June 25, 2021 07:01

 © Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is back on medical leave (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is back on medical leave (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

What exactly is the health status of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari? No one still knows, more than five years after his first medical trip to the United Kingdom as president. As he jets off for yet another overseas medical trip on Friday, the 78-year-old former army general has come under growing pressure to disclose his health condition. And once again, Vice-President Osinbajo has not been left in charge, despite constitutional rules over vacations. UPDATE: The trip has been postponed, according to an aide to the president.

10 weeks after President Buhari returned from London where he had gone to receive medical attention, the presidency announced on Thursday that he is returning to the UK for “a scheduled medical follow-up”.

As usual, Buhari’s aides did not disclose what the medical follow-up is for, only adding that he will be in the UK until the second week of July, for what is his sixth medical trip since he was elected in 2015 to lead the country of over 200 million people.

ARTICLE UPDATED: Earlier on Friday 25th, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this trip was postponed, with a new date to be announced in due course.

“I think in the spirit of transparency and the highest ideals of accountability, Mr President should be able to provide his health assessment to Nigerians,” says Seun Onigbinde, co-founder of BudgIT, a leading Nigerian civic organisation.


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