Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari jets off to London for a two-week private visit, after performing lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Although, the president’s media aides didn’t provide details of his itinerary in London, not a few believe President Buhari’s latest visit borders on his health.
Since his election, first in 2015, President Buhari has made no less than 11 visits to London, many of which are on medical grounds.
On a particular visit, presidential aides said President Buhari would be treated for an ear infection in London.
The longest of such medical vacationing was in May 2017, and it lasted 104 days.
Other times President Buhari visited Londonincluded February 2016 (six days); May 2016 (3 days), and June 2016 (13 days).
Also, Presidentvisited UK in 2018, while repeating same in May2019.
However, criticisms continue to trail thepresident’s frequent foreign trips, particularly because tax payers pick the bills.
A group, in June 2018, queried the huge cost of President Buhari’s medical tourism to tax payers.
In its suit in June 2018, the Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiatives, ASRADI, urged a federal high court to compelCentral Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor, Godwin Emefiele to disclose the cost of the president’s medical trips.
But the apex bank chief passed the buck to the presidency, which didn’t respond too.
The case was eventually struck out, denying Nigerians the needed information.
‘The president is expected back into the country on November 17’ says his media adviser, Femi Adesina.