157 London Medical Days in 2017: Buhari Returns Again – Presidency

by Samuel Abasi Posted on September 25th, 2017

London, UK. Sept. 25: President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Nigeria from London from his latest trip to London for medical vacation,  a total of 157 non-consecutive days in London for medical treatment this year so far.

Special Assitant to President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad confirmed the President’s return in a tweet on Monday.

Ahmad said, “Yes, Mr. President is back this evening.”

Yes, Mr. President is back this evening.

— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) September 25, 2017

Buhari had left the country on Sunday, September 17 with an attendance at the  the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York before he proceeded to London to continue his medical vacation.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, previously said the President will arrive in Nigeria on Monday.

Buhari Back In London For 4 More Days Of Medical Vacation – Presidency

London, UK. Sept. 21: President Muhammadu Buhari is to spend four days of medical vacation in London before returning to Nigeria, his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, , Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), has confirmed. From Adesina’s confirmation, President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Monday, September 25. Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria on September 17th on his way to New York and London. While In New York he attended the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72)..

Femi Adesina tweeted:

“We just landed in London. The president is in transit; to be back in Nigeria on Monday,” Adesina said. 

Buhari recently left Nigeria for New York to attend the UN General Assembly. Biafrans protested Buhari’s genocidal killing of Igbos outside the UN on Tuesday, September 19th as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari likened the violence in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims to genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, urging a halt to the “ongoing ethnic cleansing” and safe return of refugees.

“The Myanmar situation is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994,” Buhari told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. Muhammadu Buhari added that the “horrendous suffering” had been caused by “state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion.”

There are several images circulating online of several unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB killed after a combined team of the Nigerian Army, the Police and the DSS invaded the home of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia, Abia state in the Nigeria Army’s python dance.

According to media reports, the security operatives have killed many unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who have been staying with their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and carried away the dead bodies. Several communities in the South East have reported people missing following the invasion by the Nigerian Army.

Local media are reporting that soldiers who invaded the residence of the IPOB’s leader ransacked every part of the house and desecrated the palace of his father, the traditional ruler. In a video clip shared online, Nigerian soldiers shot their way through to gain entry into the highly secured and fenced compound having dislodged the human barricade that is always present at the gate and house of the IPOB leader.

Sources claim that at least 40 people lost their lives during the invasions with several others unaccounted for.

The whereabouts of the IPOB Leader is still unknown as all his numbers and that of his personal assistants are still switched off.

Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brother who recorded one of the videos was heard saying,

“they took away my parents, I don’t know if they’re still alive.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recently returned to the country after more than three months in the UK for medical treatment for an undisclosed “health challenge”. The 74-year-old left for London on May 7. His prolonged absence caused tensions back home where calls have grown for him to either return or resign. That was Buhari’s second break for medical leave in London this year after a first that began in January and lasted nearly two months, a combined total of 153 days in London this year for medical vacation.

He has been working from home since his return because according to his spokesman, rats ate his office while he was away on medical vacation (cough, cough).


Photo: Nigeria President Buhari

His main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer. He has denied that claim.

The health of Nigeria’s leaders has been a sensitive issue since the 2010 death in office of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua after months of treatment abroad. Buhari’s four-year term ends in 2019.

With his return from London today, he has been in London for medical vacation for 157 days in 2017.

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