Buhari to pass through Lon­don af­ter UN trip

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari will pass through Lon­don, where he spent five months on med­i­cal leave this year, on his way home from the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly, his spokesman said to­day. Buhari will de­part for New York on Sun­day, his spokesman said in an emailed state­ment. It will be the first time he has left Nige­ria since re­turn­ing on Aug. 19 from Bri­tain, where he re­ceived treat­ment for an un­spec­i­fied ail­ment.

Spokesman Femi Adesina said Buhari would hold a lunch meet­ing with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and other lead­ers, adding: “Pres­i­dent Buhari will tran­sit through Lon­don on his way back to the coun­try.” Buhari will be ac­com­pa­nied on the trip by cab­i­net min­is­ters and the governors of three states.

Nige­ria’s For­eign Min­is­ter Ge­of­frey Onyeama told re­porters at the United Na­tions in New York on Friday that Buhari was in “very good health” and “back to what he was be­fore.”

“We had a very long cab­i­net meet­ing two days ago and he was in ex­cel­lent form in every way pos­si­ble,” Onyeama said. “He’s re­ally lead­ing, he’s very, very strong and he’s back to his very pun­ish­ing sched­ule so it’s just fan­tas­tic.” Adesina did not say whether Buhari would have med­i­cal treat­ment in Lon­don and de­clined a re­quest to com­ment fur­ther. The re­fusal to dis­close de­tails of the pres­i­dent’s ill­ness has caused spec­u­la­tion about whether the 74-year-old is well enough to run Africa’s most pop­u­lous coun­try and big­gest econ­omy. Buhari was in Lon­don on med­i­cal leave for two months from Jan­uary, and again from May 7 to Aug. 19.

Af­ter the first trip, the pres­i­dent re­duced his work­ing day to a few hours, diplo­mats and govern­ment sources said at the time. Since the sec­ond trip, how­ever, Buhari’s of­fice has re­leased a flurry of pho­tos and state­ments from his en­gage­ments, in­clud­ing meet­ings with his vice pres­i­dent, heads of the armed forces and eco­nomic min­is­ters. — AP

HOL­LY­WOOD: In this Wed­nes­day file photo, a woman is trans­ported from The Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Hol­ly­wood Hills as pa­tients are evac­u­ated af­ter a loss of air con­di­tion­ing due to Hur­ri­cane Irma in Hol­ly­wood, Fla. —AP

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