SaharaReporters has learned that some of
President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides have renewed attempts to return him
to the seat of power in Abuja before the possibly eight-week closure of
the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Federal Capital
The airport is scheduled to be shut down
for at least six weeks starting from midnight on March 7, 2017.
President Buhari left Nigeria on vacation on January 19announcing that
he would be back in Abuja on February 6. However, on the planned date of
return, President Buhari wrote to the Nigerian Senate extending his
return to Nigeria indefinitely. The Nigerian leader told senators that
he would remain in the U.K. to await the results of tests ordered by his
Presidential spokesmen have been adamant
against revealing to Nigerians the specific nature of Mr. Buhari’s
illness. Instead, they have either claimed that the president was merely
resting in London or that he was undergoing some medical checks that
necessitated a delay in his return to Abuja.
Saharareporters was the first to
disclose that President Buhari would need more than the initial ten days
to deal with myriads of health challenges that have dogged him for
months. Sources close to Mr. Buhari disclosed that the president’s
doctors in the U.K. have recommended that he stay in London for as long
as four months in order to complete a rigorous regimen of treatment for a
prostrate-related ailment as well as Crohn’s disease.
Our sources revealed that President
Buhari is afflicted with internal organ disorders that have caused him
to lose weight and wrecked his appetite.
“Some of Mr. President’s associates are
mounting pressure on him to return to Abuja as soon as possible, and
especially before the [Abuja] airport is temporarily closed,” a
knowledgeable source told our correspondent. He confirmed that President
Buhari was yet to complete his treatment for his prostate ailment as
well as Crohn’s disease, a condition that plagues his intestines.
Our sources said President Buhari’s
inner circle, led by his cousin, Mamman Daura, and his personal
assistant, Tunde Sabiu (also known as “Tunde Idiagbon”), were behind the
decision not to disclose the nature of the president’s ailments to the
Nigerian public. The two insiders are reportedly managing a cabal around
Mr. Buhari to control and leverage power in Abuja.
Our investigation showed that the cabal
had effectively shoved aside President Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari,
relegating her to Abuja. Instead, one of President Buhari’s daughters,
Halima, is now the only direct relative given free access to the ailing
president in London.
Halima, a daughter from Mr. Buhari’s
first marriage, recently returned to Abuja on a British Airways flight.
One source claimed that her return to Abuja was possibly to prepare for
her father’s temporary return to Nigeria.
Our sources revealed that, even if
President Buhari returns soon, he would need to travel out again to
London in a few months to continue his treatment.
“It doesn’t make sense for Mr. President
to return to Abuja immediately just to serve the political interests of
some people when his doctors want him to go through all his treatment,”
one of our sources said.