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Buhari backs down, postpones medical trip to UK

President Muhammadu Buahari has postponed his medical trip to London, UK. Buhari had planned to leave for London for medical check-up on Friday.

The presidency had said the scheduled trip was a follow-up to the president’s last visit.

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, in a statement on Friday, said the trip has been postponed and that a new date will be announced soon.

 “The medical follow-up visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to United Kingdom earlier scheduled for t Friday, June 25, 2021, has been postponed,” he said.

In March, the president went to the UK for what the presidency described as a “routine” check-up.

The trip sparked off a controversy as it coincided with the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

As president, Buhari has spent 183 days getting medical help in the UK.

In August 2019, the president said the country was losing about N400 billion to medical tourism annually.

Buhari had attributed the situation to the country’s health sector’s “inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country”.

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