BY OBUTE JAMES
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday traveled to London to take a rest and seek medical attention for ear infection.
Speaking with journalists before he traveled out of Nigeria, Buhari said National Assembly is duly aware that he is taking a 10-day off for a rest, during which he is expected to see specialists over what his handlers described as “persistent ear infection.”
In the brief interaction with journalists before leaving the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja for London he made it clear that there is nobody that cannot fall sick.
When asked to react to the tension being created by reports that he is sick, the President asked the reporters if there was anybody that does not fall sick.
Earlier, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said said the Nigerian leader was going to London to spend part of his annual leave.
He explained that the president would use the opportunity of his vacation to see an ENT specialist for a persistent ear infection.
According to Mr. Adesina, the president effectively performed his presidential duties until he left Nigeria for London on Monday.
“The buzz going round town is that the president is “ill”, but “ill” will be a misnomer; it should not be the right word to use.
“The President is going for 10-day rest and during that period, he will see specialists who will look at his ear; he has been treating that ear locally for some time.
“Nigerian physicians have looked at it and now they have said, `you are going to UK, now that you will be there let specialists look at the ear.’
“They (Nigerian physicians) have treated it locally. So, it is not a question of whether the President is ill.
“If he is ill, it presupposes that there are certain things that he cannot do.
“Till the very last minute that he is traveling, the president performed the duties and functions of his office as president.
“So, illness is not the issue, but as a human being, yes he can rest. He has been President for one full year, you know that in February he took 5 days leave; he is taking another 10 days now that means 15 days leave in one year.
“You and I take more than that, so it is natural that the president as a human being is taking 10 days rest but he is not ill. We need to underscore that.”