LONDON – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been confirmed dead in London where he was receiving medical treatment.
President Buhari flew to London from Abuja last Sunday for follow-up medical consultations with his doctors where he unfortunately died. He had been to London twice since last year for the same medical reason.
Speculation has been rife that his health had deteriorated badly, but he attended last Friday prayers to douse such grave insinuations.
His special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed in Abuja that President Buhari had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok schoolgirls in Abuja earlier in the day.
According to Adesina, the length of the president’s stay in London was to be determined by the doctors, saying that the government will continue to function normally under Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
“President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution,” he added.
Then Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom told reporters plans are underway to transport the body of the late President back to Abuja where final funeral rites will be held. President Buhari had travelled to London in January for a similar check-up and returned to Nigeria in March.
Before that, in June 2016, the president also travelled to London to seek treatment for an ear infection.
President Buhari had earlier hosted the 82 rescued Chibok schoolgirls to a light reception shortly before the arrival of Osinbajo, Bukola and Dogara.
The President, at the reception, described the rescue of the girls as a pleasant second anniversary gift to Nigerians.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to be sworn into office as the substantive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Government is yet to issue an official statement on the President’s demise. He was 74 years.