A report on Sahara Reporters has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Return to Nigeria was ‘blocked’ from returning to Nigeria at the eleventh hour on Sunday, March 5.
This was as a result of the fact that his doctors refused to give in to strong pressures from members of his inner circle who wanted them to certify him healthy enough to return home even though that was on the contrary.
Recall that there was news about Buhari’s return on Sunday, March 5, after he purportedly spoke over the telephone with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the weekend saying that he would soon be back to continue the project of fixing Nigeria after a time of rest in London.
According to the report, some unnamed sources at the presidency said the desperation to have him back was so much that members of his kitchen cabinet sent to London on Friday, March 3, the biggest jet in the presidential fleet, a Boeing Business Jet 737, known as “Airforce 001.” This was done with the purpose of ferrying him back to Abuja before the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Wednesday, 9th March.
In relation to that, the smaller presidential jet which formerly flew President Buhari to the UK was returned to Abuja the same day while the bigger jet was sent to London with a fresh crew.
The return of Buhari’s powerful nephew, Mammam Daura, and one of his daughters to Abuja last week, all increased the political anxiety that President Buhari would be back to the country on Sunday evening.
Unfortunately though, sources maintained that doctors attending to President Buhari refused to give him the clean bill of health that would enable him to return.
Meanwhile, Buhari’s media aides have continued to issue statements claiming that the president is making phone calls to world and Nigerian leaders and politicians over a variety of issues.
This strategy the report says, is aimed at making politicians as well as the public to keep believing that the president is fully recovered from his numerous ailments, but sources involved in the president’s treatment say Buhari’s return date and his return to work remains unclear because he is far from recovered.
In a report published earlier, Sahara Reporters had disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari who has been in the UK since January 19, is receiving “intense treatment” for a renewed flare-up of prostate issues in addition to “severe stomach upsets” which have caused him to loose weight as he is unable to feed well. These issues according to the report are still unresolved.
The presidency had first announced that Buhari had travelled to London for for a 10-day leave but the short vacation has since been extended on medical grounds.