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Nigeria's Buhari heads to London for ear infection treatment

06 June 2016, 21:07

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is set to take the next 10 days off work to undergo treatment for an ear infection in London, an official statement from his office said on Sunday, Naij reports.

Speculation over Buhari's health had been swirling for weeks after he cancelled three official engagements, with the presidency refuting claims that he was unwell.

"President Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London from Monday June 6th, to rest," according to the statement signed by his spokesperson Femi Adesina.

"During the holiday, the president will see an ear, nose and throat specialist for a persistent ear infection."

Buhari had been examined by his personal physician and a specialist in Abuja and both doctors "recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution", the statement added.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will stand in for Buhari during his absence.

The development followed on from a report released by Vanguard on Sunday indicating that Adesina had denied media reports that Buhari was seriously ill, with the Presidency officially claiming that Buhari was "hale and hearty".

- News24


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