President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be under pressure to disclose the state of his health after he embarked on a fourth medical trip to London.
The main opposition People’s Democractic Party (PDP), said it was time for the president to reveal his medical condition.
PDP spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan said:
“We need full disclosure about the president’s health. He needs to be honest with Nigerians to say he his unwell. He can’t travel for an official meeting to the US and sneak into London to see his doctor, then tell Nigerians it was a technical stopover due to flight issues.”
In a Twitter rant, the PDP said: “Whereas we have nothing against Mr. President’s @MBuhari decision to take care of his ailing health as we are all subject to human frailties, Nigerians detest the deception, lies and beguiling that had trailed the handling of his unabating health issue @NGRPresident”
It will be recalled that the president who is 75, announced Monday, he will travel to the United Kingdom to see his doctor, reigniting speculation about the state of his health and ability to rule Africa’s biggest economy.
The president also saw his doctor last week in London on his way back from Washington where he had met with the US President Donald Trump at the White House, his aide said.
But the president’s spokesman Garba Shehu told CNN Buhari was under no obligation to disclose his medical records.
According to the spokesman, Buhari is the first Nigerian president to make public his need to see a doctor.
“The constitution does not say the president must disclose his health status, it only says he should make his medical vacation public to the House of Assembly . . . Let’s check the records, no other president in this country has made public their medical trips abroad,” Shehu said.
Meanwhile, PDP said President Muhammadu Buhari is unfit to run the country after he again left for London on medical grounds.
The 75-year-old former military ruler last year spent five months in London seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness that he said required multiple blood transfusions.
He flew out again on Tuesday, citing a request from his doctor, and pledged to be back in Nigeria on Saturday.
But the PDP said in a statement on Tuesday evening it was an admission that he was “unwell, ailing and unfit to attend to state matters”.
The disclosure had “put to rest speculation on the health status of the president, as well as his attendant inability to effectively govern”.