President Muhammadu Buhari will no longer embark on his medical follow-up trip to London, United Kingdom as earlier scheduled for today.
According to an earlier presser from the presidency, Buhari had planned to leave for London for medical check-up on Friday. The presidency had disclosed that the scheduled trip was a follow-up to the President’s last visit in March.
The announcement of the President’s medical follow-up had attracted criticisms from Nigerians who regretted that scarce forex will be wasted on the medical vacation. Other wondered why the President, who has spent six years in office, cannot replicate the kind of medical facility he goes to enjoy in London.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Friday, said the trip has been postponed and that a new date will be announced soon.
“The medical follow-up visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to United Kingdom earlier scheduled for today, Friday, June 25, 2021, has been postponed,” the statement read.
Buhari, had in March, travelled to the UK for what the presidency described as a “routine” check-up.
That medical vacation was mired in controversy as it coincided with an ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Buhari has as president, spent 183 days getting medical help in the UK. In August 2019, he said the country was losing about N400 billion to medical tourism annually.