Here Nigeria goes again as President Buhari’s “medical check-up” extends indefinitely abroad – Tola Adenle

February 6, 2017


A sense of deja vu is all over Nigeria now as a press statement announces that Buhari’s medical vacation which was supposed to see him back at his desk today, Monday, February 6 was postponed indefinitely.

While the word “indefinitely” was not used in the statement, the president is reported to have completed “medical tests” whose results necessitate he waits before returning to Nigeria.

Here is the brief release:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” the statement said.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.”

Apart from the fact that such a long medical “tests” abroad is a direct indictment on successive governments’ incapability of providing good medical facilities in the country, especially Buhari’s, the present situation harks back to Yar Adua’s log and fatal illness which threw the country into near-constitutional crisis.

As in Late President Yar Adua’s sick days, rumors rule the day when citizens are left with what appear as deceitful releases, including a ridiculous supposed entreaty that Vice President ọ̀ṣíbàjo should resign!

Yar Adua’s VP, later President Jonathan might have been Acting President during his principal’s long sickness but, no thanks to one of the consequences of Nigeria’s weak institutions, he had no power as Turai Yar Adua, the First Lady as well as a few core family/Northern Muslims hijacked power.

While all Nigerians definitely wish the President a quick return to good health –

  • we call on government to realize that the cost of taking care of the president in the UK for weeks would go quite some way in improving health care delivery in Nigeria;
  • while he’s away, the vice-president should assume – not just in name but in actuality – the running of a government that has become near comatose even before this latest unfortunate turn of health for the Head of State;
  • that no shenanigans as to succession be flown as kites while the man elected is alive and merely undergoing medical tests.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017. 4:43 a.m. [GMT]



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2 Comments on “Here Nigeria goes again as President Buhari’s “medical check-up” extends indefinitely abroad – Tola Adenle”

  1. Adegoke G. Falade Says:

    It’s difficult for me to insist that our President, MB should stay in Nigeria to take care of his failing health when there is better care in the UK. That’ll be akin to committing ”second degree suicide!” What I advise is that genuine efforts be made to improve health care delivery in Nigeria. The reason why heads of states of powerful countries of our world will not venture seeking treatment in another country is for security reasons. But, as for us, there is nothing to protect.

    Concerning hiding facts on the ill health of a head of state, it’s not peculiar to Nigeria. I’ll like to remind us of Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (born July 28, 1954, Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela—died March 5, 2013, Caracas), Venezuelan politician who was president of Venezuela (1999–2013), who was presented to the electorates of having been cured of cancer. So, it’s a strong sign of UNDERDEVELOPMENT. Indeed, poverty of spirit wrapped in superstition and inordinate clinging to power. But many people who practice this lie have forgotten that we’re in the End-of -Time; and in contrast to what obtained hitherto, events occur rapidly laying bare the truth.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Prof.,

      I definitely agree with you about seeking medical treatment where the best exists to save a life but each time these very expensive treatments by poor countries like Nigeria happen – and they occur regularly for top civil servants and politicians – they come at great costs and point to the need to improve the country’s health delivery.

      I need not tell you as a top medical person that the human resources are very present in Nigeria but decaying and non-existing infrastructure have rendered even the highest medical institutions such as teaching hospitals (one of which is your employer) incapable of meeting the needs of the people.

      Thanks very much for this contribution. Regards,



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