Nigerian president Buhari to embark on medical trip

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will fly to London for a medical checkup, according to his administration, three months after a previous trip sparked outrage in the country.

Buhari, 78, has traveled to London on multiple occasions for medical reasons since his election in 2015, though the cause of his illness has never been revealed.

“Muhammadu Buhari will proceed to London (on Friday) for a scheduled medical follow-up,” said presidential advisor Femi Adesina.

“He is due back in the country during the second week of July,” Adesina added in a statement.

The president’s health was a big topic in the run-up to the 2019 election, when the opposition said he wasn’t physically fit to lead, but Buhari was re-elected.

In 2016 and 2017, the president said he had “never been so ill” and had needed many blood transfusions during his visits to London for check-ups.

Bunnaj Africa learnt that the president’s latest London trip from the end of March to mid-April came just before doctors in Nigerian government hospitals went on strike over pay and inadequate facilities.

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