Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday travelled to London for follow up medical tests after handing over power to his deputy Yemi Osinbajo.
The 74 years old leader, whose medical condition is undisclosed in his twitter handle said, “Tonight I leave for London, to see my doctors. When I came back in March, I hinted that there might be a need to return soon, for a follow up.”
His spokesman, Femi Adesina said there was no cause to worry but the President doctors will determine how long he will stay in London, where he spent nearly eight weeks undergoing treatment from mid-January to March.
The president who has not been in public eyes for several weeks earlier on Sunday before his departure met with more than 80 Chibok students who were released by Boko Haram after were kidnapped by the militia in northern Nigeria three years ago.
The rumors about the president's health and his failure to disclose his illness has been a sensitive issue since the death in office in 2010 of Umaru Yar’Adua after several months of treatment in Saudi Arabia. He also sent the country into political limbo for never disclosing the treatment he was seeking there.
This is the third time, in less than a year that Mr. Buhari has sought out medical attention overseas. In June 2016, the president spent nearly two weeks in London for treatment of an ear infection.
During the 2015 election campaign, Buhari denied opposition claims that he was suffering from prostate cancer.