A new report by Sahara Reporters, claims that some sources within the presidency revealed that the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, was not allowed to see him when she traveled to the UK last month.
In the stunning disclosure, Sahara Reporters reports that the sources affirmed that the president has been kept away from several of his aides and even those bodyguards who supposedly traveled with him.
The President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who also frequents London to take care of himself, is still the manipulator-in-chief, according to the sources.
The report also claimed that President Buhari has not spoken to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for several weeks following his departure from Abuja for the second round of medical treatment for an undisclosed medical condition suspected to be cancer.
The sources gave the example of Wednesday last week when members of Buhari’s cabal called the Acting President and asked him to await a call from the ailing President, pointing out that no such call was received except one that was just a few seconds of hellos before the person hung up the phone.
According to the report also, the public declaration by Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State, that he met Buhari in London is a complete fabrication as Buhari did not at any time receive the Mr. Kalu, who recently decamped to the president’s All Progressives Congress (APC).
One particular presidency source told SaharaReporters they suspect Kalu was using that gimmick to intimidate the judge who is trying him for corruption, considering that he wore a turban to court a few days later.
The sources confirmed that Buhari is incommunicado, and is only reached by two aides, Tunde Saburi and Sarki Abba, who have maintained stoic silence about his condition.
It is notable that when Mrs. Buhari returned from her recent trip, she sent messages to her family members in Adamawa claiming her husband was recovering fast but asked for intensification of prayers.
The cabals reportedly reduced access to Buhari in an effort to control information leaks to the public. The cabals have reportedly gone as far as forging Buhari’s signature so as to give the impression that he is still in control even after Buhari himself had handed over power to his vice, trying to create the impression that he is still in charge.
Mr. Kyari is however said to be in charge of all the behind-the-scene moves. It was he, they claimed, who a few days ago passed a fake document to Garba Shehu, one of the president’s spokespersons, claiming that Buhari had given Osinbajo the go-ahead to sign the 2017 budget.
According to their account, Osinbajo had already decided on the date he would sign the budget, a decision that was delayed only by a last-minute discussion to include some projects such as the Lagos-Apapa Port road repairs.
They said they were not surprised at Mr. Shehu’s fake statement claiming Mr. President sent a letter granting the Acting President the right to sign the budget.
Buhari is said to be rather unaware of his environment, his memory somewhat affected. For instance, on his way to the UK, he was said to have asked if he was on his way to Sokoto.
According to the sources, the cabal working with Buhari might bring him back the same way he was returned in February, in a scheme to use his presence to perpetrate more fraud and control power.
It would be recalled that the first lady departed Nigeria for the UK to see President Buhari on May 30th and returned on June 6th, just a week after her departure.