Medical Trip:President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in London, the United Kingdom for his routine medical check-up.
Since assuming office, President Muhammadu Buhari has embarked on several trips to the UK to seek medical care. He, however, has not been to the UK since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President arrives London, the UK. pic.twitter.com/S65dGaHdqE— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) March 30, 2021
The president is expected back in the country in the second week of April.
Many Nigerians have however expressed their dismay following Buhari’s trips to the UK to seek medical care, with many calling it a waste of taxpayers’ money while some criticized the government’s failure to build world-class hospitals in Nigeria.
Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has advised Nigerians in the United Kingdom to occupy the London hospital where Buhari plans to have a medical checkup.
On February 5, 2016, Buhari embarks on a six-day medical vacation to London for an undisclosed condition.
He spent 104 days in 2017 after a long medical visit in London.
Buhari, a retired general who headed a military regime in the 1980s, has been dogged by speculation about his health since June last year when he first went to London for treatment.
He then spent nearly two months in London in January and February and said on his return in early March that he had “never been so ill”.
In 2017, there were a series of protests in Abuja demanding that Buhari return or quit if he was unable to go on.
Meanwhile, Nigerian doctors will begin their strike on April 1, to protest about delayed salaries among other vital issues.
The health practitioners are demanding, amongst other things, payment of all salaries arrears, review of the current hazard allowance to 50 percent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance especially in state-owned tertiary Institutions.