President Muhammadu Buhari has developed speech difficulties, presidency sources told Nigeria’s online media, Sahara Reporters, today, being 45 days since the president left the country a second time this year for what the presidency keep insisting is “rest.”
Several of President Buhari’s aides who traveled with him are reportedly not in touch with him, reports say, while others were ordered to return to Nigeria, with nobody having any certainty about the prospects of Mr. Buhari’s date of return.
It will recalled that doctors in London advised the president not to return during his first trip, but the people managing him, that the media refer to as cabal, forced the man to return to Nigeria to appear that he is normal after claiming he was a hale and hearty all the while. Meanwhile a honest President Buhari told Nigerians he had never been that sick all his life.
At that time, Buhari revealed he had been very ill and had received blood transfusion, and indicated he would soon return to the UK for further treatment. During the period he was in Nigeria, he was rarely seen outside, but managed to attend a few Federal Executive Council meetings which he left as soon as the photo opportunities were done with. Two weeks after that return, his condition deteriorated and doctors had to be flown in from the UK to embark on treatment, but that phase lasted only for a few weeks.
Buhari eventually left for the UK abruptly on the evening of May 7, shortly after meeting with some Chibok girls who had been released the previous day by Boko Haram. Although Buhari spoke at the event, his voice was barely audible, as he had lost a lot of weight, his condition reportedly complicated by Crohn’s Disease.
When the President was leaving for the airport, he shocked his aides when he asked if they were going to Sokoto, perhaps one of the first signs of his deteriorating memory, report Sahara Reporters.
Meanwhile, several top western diplomats including the Ambassadors of the US and the UK, are scheduled to meet with Acting President Osinbajo in the coming days. It is unclear if at that meeting the UK will brief Osinbajo regarding Buhari’s exact condition, but a State Department official told Saharareporters that they are more concerned about Nigeria’s indivisibility than the question of Buhari’s health. A source at the British Embassy told this website they don’t think Buhari could continue to govern in the condition he is in London.
President Buhari left Nigeria flew into Luton airport on a Presidential jet with registration number 5N-FGT in the first week of May. The jet was then flown on a 17-minute ride from Luton to London Stansted Airport, where it remains parked for over a month.