Presidency silent as Buhari’s London stay enters third week
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Presidency has remained mum over the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London, the United Kingdom where he is currently undergoing a medical check-up.
Recall that on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, exactly two weeks ago, the president departed Nigeria for London where he was expected to receive medical attention from his physician.
Prior to his departure, a statement from the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated the president “is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.”
Meanwhile, the second week ends today, April 15 without an update from the presidency regarding the president’s return.
Last week, Buhari in a letter to the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah ll Bin Al-Hussein, said he is “ in London taking a short rest”.
However, the president’s trip to the UK had stimulated controversies within and outside the country as many antagonized the decision to receive medical attention from foreign doctors.
Recall that some Nigerians residing in the United Kingdom, on April 2, stormed the Abuja House, 2 Campden Hill, Kensington, in London demanding for Buhari’s repatriation back to the country.
The group led by a former presidential aide, Reno Omokri blamed the president for not improving the healthcare system in Nigeria, stressing that it was a shame for a president to consistently patronize foreign doctors at the detriment of the local health workers.
But the #HarassBuhariOutofLondon protest was temporarily suspended to allow the President “observe his Islamic fast in peace.”
Also, Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, while responding to critics said that the president will continue to go for his routine medical checkup if he decides to.