Buhari To Embark On Medical Trip To London

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting with members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and others in Abuja.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London, the United Kingdom on Friday, the Presidency has said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He explained that the President’s trip to London was for a scheduled medical follow-up, adding that he would be back in the country during the second week of July.

President Buhari’s scheduled trip to London comes almost three months since he last visited the United Kingdom for the same purpose.

He had travelled to the United Kingdom on March 30 for a routine medical check-up, as indicated in a statement by his media adviser.

The President later returned to the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on April 15, at the end of the trip which lasted more than two weeks.

Amid speculations that the Nigerian leader may be sick at the time and had to embark on an emergency trip, the presidency stated that there was nothing of such.

“It is a routine medical check-up; the President has undertaken this with a set of doctors that he has retained over many years,” said Garba Shehu, another media aide to the President, during an interview with Channels Television.

He also stated that there was no need for the Nigerian leader to transmit power to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, since he would not be away for so long to contravene the law.

Medical Trip: No Emergency, Buhari Not In Any Sick Condition – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari is seen in this picture taken on March 30, 2021, waving as he embarks on a medical trip to the United Kingdom.

 

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari has only travelled to the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up.

Speaking while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday, Mr Garba Shehu noted that there was no serious condition that prompted the President’s trip.

“It is a medical trip and there is absolutely no urgency, no emergency; the President is not in any sick condition.

“It is a routine medical check-up; the President has undertaken this with a set of doctors that he has retained over many years,” said Shehu who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

President Buhari departed the Presidential Villa for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 2:30pm after which he proceeded to London for a routine medical check-up.

Since assuming office, he has embarked on several trips to the United Kingdom to seek medical care, but he has not been to the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Presidency said the President, who met with the service chiefs before he travelled, was expected back in the country in the second week of April.

 

For Shehu, his principal has been in perfect health but decided to go on the medical trip just as he had done in the past.

“He has done this before he came into office in 2015 and he has continued to do that without any disruptions but for last year (2020), he could not make it because of the travel restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on the global community.

“We are hoping that the President will come back in good time and continue all the work that he is doing. The President has enjoyed an extraordinarily good round of health,” he said.

The presidential aide also described President Buhari as a law-abiding citizen, saying he would observe the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the British authorities.

Medical Trip: Buhari Needs Not Transmit Power To Osinbajo – Presidency

 

It is unnecessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Tuesday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He explained that President Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Professor Osinbajo while away from the country for a number of days.

“He (Buhari) will continue from wherever he is,” Shehu said when asked if the President had transferred duties to the vice president.

He added, “The requirement of the law is that the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted.”

 

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Hours before the interview, President Buhari departed the Presidential Villa for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 2:30pm after which he proceeded to London for a routine medical check-up.

The Presidency had said the President was expected back in the country in the second week of April.

Before he embarked on the trip, President Buhari met with the service chiefs where he directed them to identify the leaders of bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.

He stated that the criminals would no longer dictate the tone, adding that he was aware of plans by individuals who constitute themselves as authorities to undermine the efforts of the central government.

In this picture taken on March 30, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari waves ahead of his medical trip to the United Kingdom.

 

Since assuming office, the President has embarked on several trips to the United Kingdom to seek medical care, but he has not been to the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about his principal’s condition, Shehu stressed that there was no emergency for the President to travel to London.

He insisted that the President was not sick in any way, adding that it was just a routine medical check-up just as he had done in the past.

In Pictures: Buhari’s Medical Trip To London

President Muhammadu Buhari climbs the stairs of the Presidential Jet as he embarks on a medical trip to the United Kingdom on March 30, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday travelled to London for a routine medical check-up.

He departed the Presidential Villa for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 2:30pm after which he proceeded to the United Kingdom.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President is expected back in the country in the second week of April.

Before he embarked on the medical trip, President Buhari met with the service chiefs at the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja.

At the meeting, he directed the service chiefs to identify the leaders of bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.

He stated that the criminals would no longer dictate the tone of security in the country, adding that he was aware of plans by individuals who constitute themselves as authorities to undermine the efforts of the central government.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, briefed reporters on issues discussed at the security meeting attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.

Others at the meeting included the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Highpoints of the President’s departure are captured in the pictures below:

El-Zakzaky Arrives In India For Medical Treatment

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has arrived Delhi, the capital city of India for medical treatment.

The Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN) leader and his wife, Zeenat, were received by medical doctors and wheeled into the hospital.

El-Zakzaky who is on a trip to India for medical treatment had earlier made a stopover in Dubai.

The spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) told Channels TV that Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife made a stopover at Dubai International Airport this early on Tuesday morning at about 4:00 am.

 

Depature At Abuja Airport

El-Zakzaky alongside his wife and other security personnel left Nigeria on Monday night aboard an Emirate Airline number EK2614.

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja earlier on Monday, following the order of a Kaduna State High court which granted them leave to undergo treatment at an Indian hospital of their choice.

This followed an application by El-Zakzaky’s counsel and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), to allow them to travel for treatment as a result of their deteriorating health condition.

I Just Went For Medical Check-Up, I Am Alright – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport upon his arrival in Nigeria on Friday after a three-day medical trip to London.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on his arrival at the airport in Abuja on Friday said he is in good condition.

The President’s aircraft touched down at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja on Friday by 7:00 pm after a three-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

When asked on by journalists why he arrived on Friday after his schedule of returning on Saturday, the President said his arrival is not earlier than expected.

“It is not earlier than expected. I just went for a further medical check-up and I am alright, thank you,” President Buhari said.

In a tweet announcing his departure, President Buhari on Monday said, “I will be travelling to the United Kingdom tomorrow, to see my doctor, at his request. Will be away for four days; back in Abuja on Saturday, May 12.”

His Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had said the President would return on Saturday but he returned back to the country a day earlier.

Using his official Twitter handle @MBuhari, the President also announced his returned to the country.

“President is back in Abuja. He arrived this evening from London,” the presidency wrote on its Twitter account.

Buhari, who last year spent some five months receiving treatment in the British capital, had left on Tuesday to see his doctor.

The move stoked fresh doubts about the president’s health and his ability to campaign for re-election at polls scheduled for February next year.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Buhari was clearly unwell and unfit to govern.

The PDP has previously claimed he was being treated for prostate cancer. Buhari has said those claims were untrue.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, also criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on a medical trip to the United Kingdom.

He said on Channels Television’s Programme, Sunrise Daily on Thursday that the President and other Nigerians who travel abroad for medical attention are ridiculing the nation.

“These medical trips by the President and the rich in Nigeria expose our country to ridicule because you cannot justify that a little of enormous resources cannot fix a few hospitals to the extent that everybody can be treated in Nigeria,” Falana said.

Only President Buhari Has The Right To Reveal Details About His Health, Says Adesina

Mr Femi Adesina on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari is the only person who can reveal his ailment or details about his health.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity during a phone-in-interview on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily said this while reacting to question about the President’s ailment deserving another trip to London, United Kingdom.

According to him, details about the President’s health is private and personal.

“That is something private and personal. The fact that a man is a President does not remove his right and privileges to privacy. So, unless Mr President comes out voluntarily and willingly to tell the country that ‘this is what I have suffered from, this is what I have been treated for’…even the medical doctor does not have the right to say it.

“It is in the Hippocratic oath that the medical doctors take. They cannot disclose the ailment of the patient without the permission of that patient,” he explained.

Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu announced on Monday that President Buhari will on Tuesday embark on a four-day trip to the United Kingdom to see his doctor.

This has generated mixed reaction with many making references to President Buhari ‘technical stopover’ in London during his recent US-trip.

The recently announced UK trip is coming barely nine months after he returned from a medical vacation on August 19, 2017, spending more than 100 days.

Adesina in the interview on Tuesday, however, allayed fears, saying there is no cause for alarm.

“There is no cause for alarm because he (the President) is up and about and doing his duties. What he is going for is a review. We all need that from time to time. There is nobody that is 100% healthy. He is just going for a review. I want to believe that he will come back on Saturday as planned,” he said.

Giving itinerary of Buhari’s trip, the Presidential spokesperson said Buhari after his return from the UK will visit Jigawa State.

“The President is going to receive some letters of credence from some new ambassadors posted to the country, that will last till about early afternoon. After that, he will get set to go to London just for a medical review. He will be away for four days. He will back in the country on Saturday by the grace of God.

“On Monday and Tuesday, he will visit Jigawa State.”

When questioned of the guaranty if the President will not exceed four days in the UK, Adesina said, “When you talk of guarantee, man cannot guarantee. Nobody can guarantee anything.”

Buhari’s Medical Trip To UK Sparks Mixed Reactions

Buhari’s Medical Trip To UK Sparks Mixed Reactions
File photo

 

The proposed medical trip by President Muhammadu Buhari has triggered a series of mixed reactions from Nigerians.

President Buhari had taken to Twitter on Monday to announce that he would embark on a four-day trip to the United Kingdom to see his doctor.

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According to a statement from the Presidency, the President had met with his doctor when he had a technical stopover for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week.

He is expected to travel today (Tuesday) and return to the country on Saturday, May 12.

President Buhari is returning to the UK to meet with his doctor barely nine months after he returned from a medical vacation on August 19, 2017.

He had left the country on May 7, 2017, after handing over to his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

See Twitter reactions to the President’s trip below:

President Buhari To Embark On Medical Trip To UK Tuesday

President Buhari In Daura For APC Ward Congress

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday embark on a four-day trip to the United Kingdom to see his doctor.

Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

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The presidential aide disclosed that in the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, President Buhari had a meeting with his doctor.

According to him, the doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.

The President is expected to return to the country on Saturday, May 12.

President Buhari also confirmed the planned visit on his Twitter handle.

Shehu also revealed that upon his return, President Buhari’s two-day State Visit to Jigawa would take place on Monday and Tuesday next week.

He said the visit was postponed earlier because of the ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which held over the weekend.

President Buhari Returns To Nigeria

The President will be leaving the country four days after he returned from his historic visit to the United States where he had bilateral talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

In the course of the visit, the Nigerian President briefed the American leader about the killings in some parts of Africa’s most populated nation by suspected herdsmen.

He, however, blamed the attacks on armed men from Libya, insisting that while the herdsmen crisis had been an age-long challenge in Nigeria, they do not carry guns but only wield sticks and occasionally machetes.

Trump, on his part, noted that Nigeria has a reputation for “very massive corruption” but commended the Nigerian leader for his efforts in fighting corruption and terrorism in the country.

President Buhari had been to the UK on two occasions recently – the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and a stopover in London on his way back from the U.S.

However, he is returning to the UK to meet with his doctor barely nine months after he returned from a medical vacation on August 19, 2017, spending more than 100 days.

The President had left the country on May 7, 2017, after handing over to his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.