Days after Saharareporters revealed that president Muhammad Buhari was having difficulties eating and drinking, his media team have revealed that he will be leaving Nigeria tonight for urgent medical treatment.
President Buhari earlier met briefly with 82 Chibok girls in a controlled environment at the Aso Rock Villa where only govt-run media houses were allowed to cover the event.
Saharareporters 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. As Saharareporters earlier revealed, President Buhari was billed to travel to the UK on Wednesday, May 10th and three medical personnel had been brought in to Abuja to prepare him adequately for the trip.
Text of Press Statement:
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 ofthe 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.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
May 7, 2017