Nigeria Say’s Buhari’s Doctors Coming From London To Continue Treatment

by Bamidele Ogunberu Last updated on April 8th, 2018,

Nigeria Say’s Buhari’s Doctors Coming From London To Continue Treatment. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday changed a plan by which he was due to return to London this weekend for another round of medical treatment, barely two weeks after his return from a hospital there.

Instead, his doctors will be arriving on Friday to carry out further medical examination on him. The president’s advance party had already left Abuja earlier in the day by Ethiopian Airlines before they were recalled to Abuja.

The presidency was advised by his inner circle against taking the president abroad so soon after his seven weeks away, as that would begin to feed the rumor mill all over again about his ailment.
Upon his return, Buhari had hinted about returning to the hospital shortly, saying there might be a need “for further follow-up within weeks.”
The president has traveled to London several times since coming to power for a medical reason before traveling earlier this year for a prolonged medical treatment.  He had also traveled there in June 2016, reportedly consulting with an ear, nose and throat specialist after he contracted an ear infection.

The latest developments come as pressure is mounting on the presidency to disclose how much was spent on his 49-day “medical vacation” in the United Kingdom, with Nigerians saying they have a right to know.

President, Muhammadu Buhari, was previously out of the country for seven weeks, receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. There could hardly be a worse time for the 74-year-old former military dictator to be incapacitated. But much of the blame for Nigeria’s current economic troubles can be laid at his door.

Oil production has not fully recovered  in the Niger Delta. When it comes to corruption, a number of bigwigs have been arrested and bags of seized money paraded before the media. Yet there have been no high-profile convictions yet. The state may be led by a former strongman, but it is still fundamentally weak.

It is the troubled economy, though, that looms largest now in Africa’s most populous country. Mr Buhari was inaugurated soon after the collapse of global oil prices. But instead of accepting reality (exports and government revenues are dominated by the black stuff), he reverted to policies he implemented when last in power in the 1980s, namely propping up the currency. This has led to shortages of foreign exchange, squeezing imports.

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