President Muhammadu Buhari has departed for London, UK for medical treatment shortly after he received the 82 released Chibok girls.
The president has rarely been seen in public for a while fueling speculation about his state of health.
He left the country on Sunday, May 7 after he met with the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate president, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
These and other headlines are on Nigerian newspapers today, May 8:
According to Vanguard, President Muhammadu Buhari was last night on his way to London for another round of medical treatment for his yet undisclosed ailment. No duration has been given for the medical vacation.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, gave notice of the trip on his twitter handle last night at about 8.25 p.m., saying “PMB travels tonight for medical follow-up. Length of stay to be determined by London doctors. Govt to function normally under VP.”
The President himself subsequently confirmed his departure and his notification of the trip to the National Assembly in a series of tweets from his personal twitter handle. The President’s return to London will be his fourth medical vacation to the United Kingdom since his inauguration on May 29, 2015.
According to This Day, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France with an emphatic victory on Sunday, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.
The centrist’s victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain’s vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, reported Reuters.
The 39-year-old former investment banker, who served for two years as economy minister but has never previously held elected office, will now become France’s youngest leader since Napoleon with a promise to transcend outdated left-right divisions.
According to The Punch, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying Nigerians should give him a chance to finish what he started.
Tinubu, while recounting the achievements of the Buhari administration, urged Nigerians to stop unfounded speculations about the President’s health.
He also urged Nigerians to continue to believe in Buhari’s ability to deliver on his electoral promises.
READ ALSO: I am the messiah of Biafra - Nnamdi Kanu
According to The Guardian, efforts to recover some $500 million worth of United States-based proceeds of corruption traced to Nigeria’s former Head of State, the late General Sani Abacha have taken a positive turn.
The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria yesterday, in an electronic mail exchange with The Guardian confirmed it would transmit to President Donald Trump, a letter from the Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) requesting the administration to release the assets to Nigeria.
Executive Director at SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, had, in a statement, quoted the U.S. Embassy as saying, “the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are in regular communication with the Nigerian Attorney General and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding further cooperation needed to conclude pending asset forfeiture cases and to develop a mechanism for the timely and transparent repatriation of those assets.”
Watch this NAIJ.com video on the Nigerian government and likely presidents: