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Buhari heads for UN, London from Sunday


Mum on reason for London leg of trip

By John Eche


Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday jet out of the country to attend the General Assembly session at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a statement from presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has disclosed.

The President of Africa’s most populous nation who assumed office on May 29, 2015, will subsequently move on to London. The reasons for the London leg of the trip were however not disclosed in the statement.

This is more so when two earlier trips by the President to secure medical attention have led to lots of misgivings from critics who fault the continued dependence by Nigerian leaders on foreign medical institutions at the same time when the medical institutions available to millions of Nigerians remain in a most parlous state.

Indeed, a strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors which seriously crippled operations in many public sector medical facilities was only partially resolved this week, with the doctors who agreed to suspend the action, promising to review the progress of implementation of decisions reached in two weeks time and to thereafter decide on their next line of action.

Also unclear is whether plans have been made to turn over the affairs of the country to the charge of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as mandated by the 199 Constitution.

Analysts also note that this trip is coming on the heels of a military operation in the South East of the country, Operation Python Dance II,  which has since stoked widespread criticism, notably on account of its modus operandi.


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