Monday, 6 June 2016

Presidency admits Buhari's ill-health- flies him to London for ear treatment

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday begin a 10-day vacation to treat hhhan ear infection that has forced him to shelve some local and foreign trips lately.

According to a statement on Sunday evening by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President is currently battling with what he called “a persistent ear infection.”

He said the President would therefore use the 10-day break to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in London.

The statement read, “President Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London from Monday June 6th, to rest.

“During the holiday, the President will see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection.

“The President was examined by his personal physician and an E.N.T specialist in Abuja and was treated.

“Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.”

There have been speculations over the President’s state of health since he shelved his scheduled two-day official visit to Lagos State at the last minute and directed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to represent him.

The Presidency had attributed the development to what it called “scheduling difficulties.”

On Thursday when Buhari again shelved his trip to Rivers State during which he would have inaugurated the clean-up of Ogoniland and other oil-impacted communities, Nigerians' tongues began to wag.

He again sent Osinbajo to represent him at the event with the Presidency saying there was no big deal in the Vice-President representing Buhari at functions since “the  Presidency is one.”

Over the weekend, Buhari again put off his scheduled trip to Dakar, Senegal for the 49th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States, asking Osinbajo to once again represent him.

In all, the Presidency had claimed that the President was “fit as a fiddle”  after a report by Premium Times saying he was down  with Meniere Disease until Sunday when it finally admitted the ill-health.

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear which causes episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, and fluctuating hearing loss.

This is the second time Buhari will be proceeding on vacation this year.

The President had earlier gone on a  six-day vacation between February 5 and 10.