Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 11th: There has again been no official confirmation from the Presidency and Nigeria Circle News has not been able to independently verify media reports that Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria next week for a trip to New York, USA.
According to reports, President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The President of Nigeria is listed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers. Buhari is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia.
Since his return to Nigeria on August 20, 2017, after 153 days of combined medical leave in London this year , Buhari has not attended any public event outside of Aso Villa and his country home in Daura, Katsina State. Also, he has attended only one Federal Executive Council meeting since he returned three weeks ago.
Acting on the President’s instruction, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo recently visited flood-ravaged Benue State where thousands have been displaced.
Osinbajo, while representing the President, has also received members of the United States Congress as well as the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and his team at the Villa.
The Vice-President has also presided over every economic meeting including the 15th Annual meeting of the Board of Governors of ECOWAS Bank Investment and the National Industrial Council Meeting which had in attendance Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and many other captains of industry.
Media reports say the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that Buhari would attend the UN General Assembly.
Garba Shehu reportedly said, “I cannot tell you the time he will be going because it can change but I know he is expected to be the eighth speaker at the UN. So, he will be there and he will speak.”
Presidency Debunks Media Reports That Buhari Will Leave Nigeria Monday Sept 4
Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 3rd. The Nigerian presidency has debunked media reports which stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to travel out of Nigeria, tomorrow, Monday, September 4th. Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie took to twitter on Sunday afternoon to debunk the reports that have since gone viral online and carried by nearly every major media organization.
“It’s not true that @NGRPresident @MBuhari is Set For a USA Trip tomorrow, Monday 4/9/2017. Pres Buhari always informs Nigerians of his trips.”
Nigeria Circle News warned earlier about these media reports which the Presidency has now debunked. See below:
President Buhari To Leave Nigeria On Monday Sept 4 – Media Reports
Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 3rd. There has been no official confirmation from the presidency, of media reports that baring any last minute change of mind, President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria on Monday, September 4, 2017 for a trip to Washington, DC. The President is reportedly scheduled to leave his hometown, Daura, by helicopter at 9:15 am on Monday for Katsina airport. From the airport, he will fly out at 10 am aboard a presidential jet to Washington, DC.
Local media claim Buhari’s trip to the US is at the invitation of President Donald Trump. The reports also claim that an anonymous Nigerian Presidency source said that Trump had extended the invitation last February, shortly after his inauguration.
The anonymous source reportedly said the earlier plan was for the president to combine the official visit to the US with his participation at the UN General Assembly in New York from September 21 to 25, 2017.
For what it is worth, Nigeria Circle News has not verified this information as it is not from the presidency.
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.