Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Britain to see his doctor, he said on Monday in a surprise announcement which has renewed concern about whether he is well enough to run for a second term at an election next year.
“I will be traveling 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,” he said on Twitter.
I will be traveling 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.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 7, 2018
Some Nigerians have taken to twitter sharing their worries about the health sector, the president’s health, and if he will return four days after.
Muhammadu Buhari can afford to go see his London doctors while Nigerians (I don't like to use the word "ordinary") suffer needless death because hospitals in Nigeria are on lockdown. Hospitals that have been stripped of any doctors because all qualified ones have run to Canada https://t.co/JzUnzzpO5u
— SApenja (@solomonapenja) May 8, 2018
We are not sure if the President will come back in 4 days- Adesina: he presidency has failed to guarantee that President Muhammadu Buhari will definitely return to Nigeria after his 4-day medical trip to London… https://t.co/pl4INEvqTr
— _maxi_mus_ (@s_prest) May 8, 2018
It is about time the PDP and other political parties, stakeholders, even people in the All Progressive Congress (APC), asked of the condition of health of President Muhammadu Buhari. All Nigerians should also ask…. https://t.co/fyXDMnyEWK
— George Onmonya (@onmonyageorge) May 8, 2018
He spent five months in Britain last year for treatment for an unspecified illness, an absence that prompted many to question his fitness to run a country that is Africa’s top oil producer and one of its biggest economies.
Buhari, 75, was military ruler between 1983 and 1985 and returned to power after winning an election in 2015. He said in April that he would seek a second term, though his candidacy depends on party approval.
His spokesman said Buhari met his doctor last week in London on his way back from Washington where he had held talks with United States President Donald Trump in the White House.