Muhammadu Buhari is proceeding to the United Kingdom on a private visit, according to the Presidency in a statement.
He is expected to return to the country on May 5, 2019, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said.
The President is taking off from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital at the end of another official visit Thursday.
According to Adesina, “He (Buhari) is expected to commission developmental projects especially in the sectors of education, healthcare, and roads.
“At the end of the visit, President Buhari will be proceeding to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on May 5, 2019.”
Buharis controversial London trips
President Buhari has been a frequent visitor to the United Kingdom since he was first inaugurated in 2015. Most of the time, he’s travelled to London to seek medical attention with his foreign doctors.
In 2017, he spent a combined 154 days in London on two separate medical visits to treat an undisclosed illness, prompting concerns about how fit he is to be president.
Since then, he’s been to London a few times to check in with his doctors, including another 10-day vacation in the UK capital in August 2018.
The president’s health issues were a sticking point used against him during his campaign for re-election but the 76-year-old won a second term in the February 23 presidential election.
He’ll be sworn in for another four-year term on May 29.
The message from Presidency reads as follows:
PRESIDENT BUHARI PROCEEDS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM ON PRIVATE VISIT
Further to the official visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos Wednesday where he commissioned a number of projects executed by the State Government, the President is scheduled to depart for Maiduguri, the Borno State capital for another official visit Thursday.
He is expected to commission developmental projects especially in the sectors of education, healthcare and roads.
At the end of the visit, President Buhari will be proceeding to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on May 5, 2019.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 25, 2019