– There are conflicting reports over the health status of President Buhari’s popular nephew, Mamman Daura
– A Daily Trust report claimed Daura has been flown to the UK for medical treatment
– However, another version of the report by Leadership claimed the president’s nephew only travelled to the UK for a long-scheduled business trip
A report by Daily Trust claimed a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mamman Daura, has been flown to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
The newspaper said a presidency source whose name was not disclosed confirmed that he travelled for his regular medical check-up, which was delayed because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
According to Daily Trust, the 80-year-old was flown in a private jet to the UK on Wednesday.
“It’s not an emergency trip, it was planned long ago but was delayed by this pandemic, and you know he has been going to the UK to see his doctors,” the source was quoted to have said.
However, another newspaper, Leadership, reports that the presidency has spurned reports claiming Mamman Daura had been flown out of the country for medical checkup.
The newspaper also cited an anonymous presidency source as saying the president’s nephew was in sound health.
The source reportedly said that the elder statesman only travelled to London for a long-scheduled business trip, noting Daura is in good health.
“He will return after finishing the business engagement that necessitated his trip to the United Kingdom.
“Daura is fine, and in good health. The rumour that he was flown abroad was baseless and false. He is in London for a business trip that was long-planned. Once he is done, he will return,” the source was quoted to have said.
There was political outrage recently when Daura, spoke about the 2023 presidency, with the elder statesman saying the best man should be voted for to succeed his kinsman.
Speaking with BBC in an interview, Daura said 2023 presidency should be prioritised on qualification and competence, not on tribe and regional interest.
According to him, whoever has to succeed his kinsman must be on what he has to offer for the country in terms of economy, security and socio-political development.