Why President Buhari Travels To The UK For Medicals – Femi Adesina

 

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has defended his Principal over his frequent medical tour to the United Kingdom.

President Buhari had on Monday departed Nigeria for the UK to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

After the event, he would spend a few days in London for an earlier scheduled medical check-up.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Adesina said President Buhari has used a medical team for over 40 years, hence the need to continue seeking medical help.

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“President Buhari has been with the same doctors and medical team for upward of 40 years,” he said when asked why the President couldn’t have been treated in Nigeria.

“It is advisable that he continues with that who knows his medical history and that is why he comes to London to see them. He has used the same medical team for over 40 years. Once you can afford it, then stay with the team that has your history.”

President Muhammadu Buhari disembarks from the presidential jet during a trip to the United Kingdom.

 

When asked if the President would pilot the nation’s affairs from the UK, the presidential spokesman said there is no vacuum within the seat of power.

He explained that the Constitution empowers Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act as President if President Buhari is not back to the country within 21 days.

“The nation is running, there is a vice president who will attend to critical issues. There is no vacuum and a constitutional amendment has sorted that out,” Adesina explained.

On the out-of-school children, Adesina who noted that there is a reduction of the situation said President Buhari would brief participants of the development in the country.

On the five-year commitment to the funding of education, Adesina stressed that his principal would make pronouncements on that.

At the UK Summit, President Buhari is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Johnson and  would return to the country by the second week of August

Top officials that accompanied Buhari on the trip included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai.

Buhari To Proceed On Medical Trip To London

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential aircraft waving.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday proceed to London, the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up.

This was announced in a statement issued on Monday night by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Before departing the country for the UK, President Buhari would meet with the security chiefs in the morning.

He is expected back in Nigeria during the second week of April 2021.

President Buhari had embarked on several medical trips between 2015 and 2019. During one of his trips in 2017, he spent 103 days in London with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, acting as the president then.

His long absence sparked rumours that he had passed on – speculations which were denied by the presidency.

Buhari’s health became a subject of debate in the last election in February 2020 when the opposition claimed he was not physically fit to govern — but Buhari won a second term.

The president’s state of health became a sensitive subject in Nigeria after former leader Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, died in 2010 and it emerged that his ailment had been kept secret for months.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI BILLED FOR ROUTINE MEDICAL CHECK-UP IN LONDON

President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London, the United Kingdom, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, for a routine medical check-up.

The President meets with Security Chiefs first in the morning, after which he embarks on the journey.

He is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

March 29, 2021

People Have The Right To Believe Buhari’s UK Trip Is For Medicals, Says Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says Nigerians have the right to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the United Kingdom is to seek medical attention.

He stated this on Thursday while featuring on Politics Today which aired on Channels Television.

“Those who want to interpret everything, those who want to believe all things should just believe that it is a private trip. When a man goes on a private trip, he has the right to use his time the way he deems because he has the right to private time.

So those who want to believe it’s a medical trip, they have the right to believe, if it pleases them and makes them happier,” he stated.

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His comments follow an earlier announcement that President Buhari will proceed to the UK on a private visit, after commissioning some projects in Maiduguri the Borno state capital.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The presidency had explained that Buhari is expected to return back to the country “on May 5.

But the presidential spokesman recalled that his principal had not jetted out of the country after the rigorous campaigns.

He stated that contrary to rumours that the Principal would seek medical attention immediately after the elections, Buhari had been in the country two months after.

“President Buhari has since the last weekend in December when he launched the presidential campaign, all through till February he was on campaign stuff around the country.

“Elections came and a lot of people expected that immediately after the elections, he will travel out to rest or attend to his health, but we see two months after the elections, the President was working vigorously,” he stated.

CBN Boosts FX Supply With Additional $180 Million

CBN Boosts FX Supply With Additional $180 MillionThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday offered a total of $180 million to meet bids for wholesale auction and requests for invisible such as medicals, school fees and personal travel allowances valued at $80 million through the inter-bank window.

The Acting Director of CBN Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor, who confirmed the figures, said the wholesale requests would be settled on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

With the development, it is expected that the Naira will further strengthen in the Foreign Exchange (FX) market in the days to come.

Mr Okorafor stated that the financial regulator has so far met all the legitimate demands from genuine customers.

He reiterated that the apex bank would ensure sustainable FX liquidity and transparency in the process to enable as many customers as possible get access to the foreign exchange they genuinely demanded.

The CBN official further advised eligible individuals with genuine foreign currency needs to freely approach their banks and authorised dealers with their request.

He stressed that the CBN had made adequate provisions of foreign currency for all such legitimate purposes, asking the customers to approach the financial regulator with their complaints should they be unfairly denied access.