Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, 78, is currently in London, England, for a « routine medical check-up », his spokesperson said in a short statement. The health of the Nigerian President was a subject of debate during the last election campaign, which he won in February 2019 for a second term, with some 56% of the vote against 72 other candidates.
Muhammadu Buhari went to London for a « routine medical check-up » on Tuesday morning, his spokesman said in a short statement. « The President will meet with security officials and then leave for London, UK, on Tuesday 30 March for a routine medical check-up, » Femi Adesina wrote in a statement from the Presidency. « He will return to the country in the second week of April, » it said.
A year after his first election, between May 2016 and mid-2017, Muhammadu Buhari had already stayed, several times in London, where he received treatment for an illness whose nature has never been revealed to the general public. The former general said only that he had « never been so ill » in his life and had undergone several blood transfusions.
President Muhammadu Buhari has since made several trips to the British capital for personal reasons and medical visits. His state of health was a subject of debate during the last election campaign, with the opposition claiming that he was not physically fit to govern.
First elected in 2015, Muhammadu Buhari won the February 2019 Presidential election for a second term with some 56% of the vote against 72 other candidates. President Buhari’s health is a sensitive issue in Nigeria after the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010, which was kept secret for several months by his entourage.