President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly sick and currently undergoing treatment at the Presidential Villa. According to a report made available by PREMIUM TIMES, he is suffering from an infection called Meniere Disease, which has affected his left ear causing a hearing impairment.
As a result of the infection, he routinely complains of severe pains and unusual sounds from that ear and has led to his cancelling three official trips recently, both within and outside the country and has delegated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to represent him at those occasions.
Buhari who turned 73 last December, was said to have confirmed his ill health to some dignitaries who visited him in the past days, explaining to some of them that that was why he was unable to visit Lagos and Rivers as scheduled. He has however managed to attend Jumaat service and host some important visitors, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as well as some clergymen on Friday, despite his hearing impairment.
He is currently being treated by his personal physician and other experts from the State House Clinic, but an official said he might seek treatment abroad if his condition does not improve in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left for Dakar, Senegal on Friday, to represent the president at the 49th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
This was contained in a statement issued by the Vice Presidential spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, in Abuja on Friday saying Osinbajo would be representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the event. According to the statement, the event would take place at the weekend while the Vice President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday.