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‘Buhari has been using same medical team for 40 years’ – Presidency explains reasons for frequent medical trips

The Presidency has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment. 

Mr Buhari had come under criticism after he departed Nigeria for the UK to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 on Monday. 

He would then spend a few days in London after the event for a scheduled medical check-up.  

However, defending his principal when he appeared on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today on Tuesday night, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, said the President had used a medical team for over 40 years. 

Thus, there was the need to continue seeking medical help from them.

“President Buhari has been with the same doctors and medical team for upward of 40 years. It is advisable that he continues with those who know his medical history; and that is why he comes to London to see them. He has used the same medical team for over 40 years. Once you can afford it, then stay with the team that has your history,” Adesina said. 

When asked if the President would pilot the nation’s affairs from the UK, the presidential spokesman said there is no vacuum within the seat of power. 

He explained that the Constitution empowers Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act as President if President Buhari is not back to the country within 21 days. 

“The nation is running, there is a vice president who will attend to critical issues. There is no vacuum and a constitutional amendment has sorted that out,” Adesina explained.

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