President Muhammadu Buhari has taken some days off from work to travel to the United Kingdom in a bid to get a proper medical attention for his ear infection.
A statement on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, revealed that the president would today (Monday) proceed on a 10-day leave, which he would spend in London.
“During the holiday, he will see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection,” he said, explaining: “The president was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T. Specialist in Abuja and was treated. Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.”
According to a popular American healthcare provider, Mayo Clinic, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which you feel as if you’re spinning (vertigo), and you have fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear. In most cases, Meniere’s disease affects only one ear.”
Mayo Clinic, which is the world’s largest non-profit medical provider, further stated that the “disease can occur at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 20 and 50. It’s considered a chronic condition, but various treatments can help relieve symptoms and minimize the long-term impact on your life.
It should be noted that on three recent occasions, the president cancelled official trips within and outside the country due to the infection and was represented at those events by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Despite his health challenges, however, the president managed to attend the Jumu’ah service and hosted some important visitors, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as well as some clergymen on Friday.
Blasphemy Killings Condemned in Nigeria
According to BBC Africa News, Nigeria’s most influential Muslim body has condemned the killing of Christians in religious riots which broke out last week.
Jama’atu Nasril Islam said the killings were criminal, and could never take place in the name of Islam.
It called on people to pray for peace in Nigeria, “bearing in mind that without Nigeria there will be no Nigerians”.
Bridget Agbahime was killed on Thursday in the main northern city of Kano after being accused of blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.
Earlier in the week, four people were killed in central Niger state in riots triggered by similar allegations.
President Muhammadu Buhari has described as sad and regrettable, the developments that led to the killing of a 74-year-old Igbo trader also commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect in the killing, as well as the Kano State government which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islāmic leaders, widower of the deceased, and security agencies shortly after the sad event occurred.
African Global Media recently posted on their YouTube page a video of a man stating to be Bridget Agbahime’s husband, in Kano State, and stating she was actually not beheaded, watch the video below.