President Buhari's Absence Is Looming Large In Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari's Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, on Thursday, disclosed that the President would go on another medical vacation.

Meanwhile, the presidency has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria for a medical leave overseas when the time is right.

"All he is doing is that he is following the doctors' advice".

On his return from Britain Mr Buhari said that he had never been so ill and alluded to having had a blood transfusion, but further details about his condition remain closely guarded.

He missed his third straight cabinet meeting this morning.

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The Duke told his wife: "But we have been brought closer because of the circumstances as well, that's the thing". I remember the first few days with little [Prince] George, you have no idea, really, what you're doing.

In an apparent attempt to reduce pressure on themselves, the cabal last week allowed Mr. Buhari's wife, Aisha, to have access to funds to cater for her husband.

"Basically as it is expected what we normally do is from time to time to brief the President about activities about the Central Bank of Nigeria".

Asked what those reasons might be, Ibrahim said: "Pecuniary". Like we have always said, Mr president will stick to his doctor's advice so that he can recover much more quickly. He said it from day one when he came back from the United Kingdom.

SaharaReporters learned that no "advance team" of aides has yet left Nigeria to prepare for Mr. Buhari's arrival in London, another sign that members of the president's inner circle, who pull the strings in his administration, continue to oppose such a trip.

Many Nigerians remain concerned about potential political turmoil given the similarities to events in 2009 when President Yar'Adua, a Muslim from the country's north, left for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

  • Sonia Alvarado