Amid growing insecurity and calls on the government to find a lasting solution, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is set to depart for the United Kingdom, today Monday, July 26, to spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up.
This marks the 13th time President Buhari will be making a UK healthcare trip since he became president in 2015.
Despite claims by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment that Nigeria has 350,000 medical doctors, far more than the 260,000 which the World Health Organisation (WHO) prescribes for the country, the Nigerian leader has chosen foreign doctors to attend to his health needs.
In a statement released by the presidency, the President will also participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 that will be held in London.
“President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” the statement said.
“After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by the second week of August, 2021.”
The President has come under criticism for his handling of the insecurity challenge confronting Africa’s most populous country.
Buhari promised in his election manifesto before 2015 that security would be one of his priorities, but insurgency, kidnapping, sectoral and communal violence, as well as clamour for self determination under his government have been on the rise.
The Northeast, Northwest, and North-central regions have been under almost-daily attacks by terrorists on security formations, civilian populations, and also targeting schools for kidnapping and ransom.
In the Southeast and Southwest, clamour for the creation of Biafra and Oduduwa Republic by some agitators have unsettled the government and has led to the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho in Benin Republic.
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