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30 Mar 2017

Buhari Reportedly Cancels Medical Trip To London, Invites Physicians To Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday changed a plan by which he was due to return
to London this weekend for another round of
medical treatment, barely two weeks after his
return from a hospital there.

Instead, his doctors will be arriving on Friday to carry out
further medical examination on him.

Sources at the Presidency informed
SaharaReporters that the president’s advance
party had already left Abuja earlier in the day by
Ethiopian Airlines before they were recalled to Abuja.

Our sources say the hawks within the
presidency advised against taking the president
abroad so soon after his seven weeks away, as
that would begin to feed the rumor mill all over
again about his ailment.
In a short televised address upon his return,
Buhari had hinted about returning to the
hospital shortly, saying there might be a need
“for further follow-up within weeks.” Given the
topsy-turvy political climate in the country,
however, his advisers felt it was unwise to allow him to stay away for too long.

The president has traveled to London several
times since coming to power for a medical
reason before traveling earlier this year for a
prolonged medical treatment. He had also
traveled there in June 2016, reportedly
consulting with an ear, nose and throat
specialist after he contracted an ear infection.
The latest developments come as pressure is
mounting on the presidency to disclose how
much was spent on his 49-day “medical
vacation” in the United Kingdom, with Nigerians
saying they have a right to know.
Activists, including well-known lawyer Femi
Falana, and civil society groups such as the
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability
Project, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open
Leadership, and the Campaign for Democracy,
among others, argue that the medical bill is of
public interest because Buhari touted transparency and change in public affairs when
he ran for the presidency.

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