Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the UK, did not remain unnoticed as some alleged that the real reason was lying not in the sphere politics.
It was reported yesterday that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate left Abuja for London to visit key members of the Royal Institute of International Affair, Chatham House.
What could be identified as an ordinary event, generated many allegations amid rumours about Buhari’s poor health. Thus, the Internet exploded with comments. Readers suspected that the real reason behind 72-year-old’s trip was linked with his health condition.
See the reactions of Naij.com readers:
Bilekipiri Isaac Azika recalled the situation with late President Yar’Adua:
“What a cheap lie, can apc tell nig the true story. Another yaradua story is coming.”Uche Magnus mocked the development:
“Hehehehe… For medical check up abi? i wish him quick recovery ooooooo… He must face this defeat that is making wave and also congratulate GEJ.”Facebook user Psalmuel Bassey expressed confidence that soon the “truth” would transpire:
“Very soon we go hear d truth, wether na medical checkup or just a visit, we go hear am.”Edward Ereyimwen wished Buhari quick recovery as he was sure the trip was about health problems:
“I wish Buhari safe jouney.Nothing will hide.May he meet d proper medical doctors who will look after him.There is no doubt dat he is going 4 health problems.I pray 4 him.D souls he has destroyed ar crying 4 vengeance.What u sow is what u reap.”However, the supporters of the former military head of state simply wished the politician a safe trip adding that soon he will be back to Nigeria to change the course of the nation’s history.
Not only did some readers hint on the “real reasons”. Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, called it a secret trip and accused the APC of hiding the truth about Buhari’s health for their selfish gains.
A Facebook message appeared yesterday on Fayose’s page. The governor alleged that Buhari’s final destination was USA where he should receive medical treatment.
The statement issued by Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka read:
“The truth is that Buhari travelled out today to seek medicare in USA.
“If the APC people are saying otherwise, let them publish the picture of Buhari boarding the plane and granting interview to Aviation Correspondents at the Abuja Airport.
“While I am happy that the APC people that are packaging Buhari finally hearkened to my plea that they should allow him (Buhari) to seek medicare abroad, I must say that it was evil for the APC to have lied that Buhari travelled on a working visit.
“These APC political merchants should say the truth and save Nigeria from the possibility of another Yar’Adua experience.
“They should tell Nigerians that Buhari is actually sick and lack capacity to rule Nigeria and that they are only packaging him, hoping that he will become incapacitated if he becomes president so that they can take over power by proxy.
“While wishing Buhari speedy recovery, Governor Fayose said;
“Like I have maintained, the north should wait till 2019 to produce a younger, energetic and healthy president of Nigeria.”
It is worth noting that GMB’s health condition has been surrounded by controversies. Although every now and then reports emerge on the issue, the politician insists he is perfect condition and urges Nigerians not to believe in the orchestrated rumours.