Buhari travels to Britain, Tuesday to see doctor
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday he will travel to Britain to see his doctor on Tuesday.
“I will be traveling to the United Kingdom tomorrow, to see my doctor, at his request. Will be away for four days; back in Abuja on Saturday, May 12,” he said on his official Twitter feed.
On his way from the United States last week, Buhari stopped over at the UK for some days. But his media handlers said it was a “technical stopover” to repair the jet. There are speculations that Buhari had stopped over at the UK to for medical examination.
Buhari, 75, spent much of 2017 in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that there is a limit to the distance the President’s smaller plane can cover.
He explained that the Presidents big jet has gone for repairs.
He said “The big jet is under repair. It has been taken for major repairs. So the President is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover.
“So the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from US to Abuja is broken into two.
“Technical stopover is that the plane stops at a point, refuel, do some checks and then proceed on the journey.
“This is very normal. There is nothing unusual about it. In any case, they are already on their way back home.
“It is a routine thing. The plane can do Abuja-Washington, that’s about 12 hours and the maximum the plane can fly is 12 hours, 40 minutes. But you don’t need to push it to the edge.” he said
This afternoon, on his return from Daura, Buhari met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara at the State House. Buhari said he briefed them on his recent trip to the US to meet with President Trump, and that they discussed the 2018 budget.