President Muhammad Buhari has again travelled to the United Kingdom last night (May 7, 2017) in continuation of his medical checkup. There have been strong speculation over the health status of Mr. President, which his media aides have been managing especially when he was absent from successive federal executive meetings. But at the height of the rumours that the President was incapacitated, PMB as he is fondly called by friends and admires showed up for prayers last Friday at the Aso Rock mosque.
But before travelling, President Buhari earlier met briefly with the 82 Chibok girls in a controlled environment at the Aso Rock Villa where only government-run media houses were allowed to cover the event. NewsBitsng.com learned that when Buhari was brought to the Mosque on Friday to show that he was not in bad shape the stress arising from attending the Friday Juma’at prayers actually worsened his health condition.
Full Text of Press Statement from the Presidency:
PRESIDENT BUHARI TRAVELS FOR MEDICAL FOLLOW-UP
President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London tonight for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors. He had planned to leave Sunday afternoon but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day. The President wishes to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation.
The length of the President’s stay in London will be determined by the doctors. The government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the Vice President. President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.
FEMI ADESINA Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) May 7, 2017