Buhari Off To UK To See His Doctor
Finally, what some Nigerians had envisages the last time President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom is coming to pass.
He is going to London again, but this time, he is going to see his doctors, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said on Monday.
President Muhammadu Buhari is 75 and he had last month announced his intention to run for a second term in office that will see him rule Nigeria near age 80 if he wins.
But the President's health is one thing that many persons have raised concerns about.
It is barely two weeks that he returned from the Commonwealth Leaders conference held in London and the presidency announced that he would be returning, this time for medical tourism.
"President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow, Tuesday, undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom.
"In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.
"The Doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.
"President Buhari will return on Saturday, May 12.
"On his return, the President’s two-day State Visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Ward Congresses will now take place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May," the statement by Mr Shehu read.
The statement is already drawing reactions from Nigerians who had expected that there will be no such medical tourism again from an administration that had promised to reduce medical tourism by improving the state of the nation's healthcare sector.
On May 7, 2017, just a year on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the UK for medical treatment and spent over three months in London where he received treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
A tweet on the planned medical trip is also drawing attention.