President Muhammadu Buhari this evening, returned to Abuja from London, United Kingdom where he had gone to for medical vacation on the request of his doctor. His plane landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 7pm.
President Buhari’s recent trip to the U.K came after he returned from Washington, United States, where he met with President Donald Trump. A tweet from the handle of the Presidency; @NGRPresident read;
“ President @MBuhari this evening returned to Abuja”.
He was accompanied to the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by some top government officials and presidential aides.
A statement by a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Monday said, “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.”
Mr Shehu said the doctor requested “the president to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.”
President Muhammadu Buhari left for London on Tuesday, May 8, for a four-day medical visit, setting off renewed concerns about his health. The medical trip generated heated reactions from Nigerians home and abroad. For nearly two years, President Buhari has been receiving treatment for an unspecified illness, which he has repeatedly refused to discuss.
President Buhari’s latest trip also comes after three weeks of strikes by health care professionals who are calling for better working conditions and more funding. The president’s medical trip has also caused reactions from some foreign news media. Reacting to the latest trip, New York Times recalls that during President Buhari’s campaign, he promised to end “medical tourism,” the practice of Nigerian politicians receiving medical treatment abroad even as most citizens are forced to rely on underfunded state medical services.
Thus, for someone who promised to end medical tourism, and who has also reportedly urged politicians not to go abroad to seek medical care, the American news giant said: “Nigerians see Mr Buhari’s actions on health care as hypocritical”.
In its own reaction, CNN reports that President Buhari’s trip to the United Kingdom to see his doctor has reignited “speculations about the state of his health and ability to rule Africa’s biggest economy.”