Nigeria’s Buhari Travels to London for Ear Infection Treatment

                          Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is traveling to London on Monday to receive treatment for an ear infection.

The 73-year-old ex-military ruler will take 10 days off “to rest” and will also see a ear, nose and throat specialist while in London, according to a statement issued on Sunday by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina.
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Rumors about Buhari’s health have been circulating recently in Nigeria after the president canceled two engagements at the last minute in the last month. Buhari pulled out of a working visit to Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos in May due to what a spokesman described as “scheduling difficulties.” The president was supposed to visit the restive Niger Delta region on Thursday—where he was due to launch a clean-up operation in Ogoniland, a region affected by multiple oil spills—but instead sent Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The latter cancellation came amid security threats made to Buhari by a militant group in the oil-producing region called the Niger Delta Avengers. The group has been attacking oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta since February, as a result of which Nigeria has fallen behind Angola as Africa’s biggest oil producer.

The president is reportedly suffering with Ménière’s Disease, a disorder that affects the inner ear and can cause vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported on Saturday.

The announcement has caused some Nigerians to question why their leader is seeking medical treatment abroad rather than at home.

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