There’s something that President Buhari seems to be doing so well, and quite consistently too: He travels out of the country a lot. And although some of these trips are obligatory for him to attend as president, the others are – and this has been public knowledge – to cater to his recurrent ailing health. On Wednesday, Buhari arrived in Lagos amid fanfare to commission projects under the tenure of Akinwunmi Ambode.
Now, it’s been reported that Buhari will proceed to the UK today on a private visit. A statement from Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said Buhari would pay official visit to Maiduguri from where he would proceed to the UK.
”Further to the official visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos Wednesday where he commissioned a number of projects executed by the State Government, the President is scheduled to depart for Maiduguri, the Borno State capital for another official visit Thursday. He is expected to commission developmental projects especially in the sectors of education, healthcare and roads.
”At the end of the visit, President Buhari will be proceeding to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on May 5, 2019.”
As he did in Lagos, Buhari will commission projects in Maiduguri. Granted, these are his responsibilities which he is fulfilling. But his trip to the UK is shrouded in secrecy. Is he ill again? Only yesterday, the minister of labour and employment Chris Ngige said he isn’t bothered about medical doctors leaving the country for greener pastures, and that Nigeria has surplus medical doctors. Outrageously tone-deaf, really. If Buhari is out of the country yet again seeking medical care, it continues to show that this administration has little interest in improving the health sector.