Buhari Plans U.S Trip Over Failing Health

Source: pointblanknews.com

Concerns were raised, last night, over the health status of the

presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen.

Muhammadu Buhari, following his planned trip to the United States of

American towards the end of January.
Sources had told Pointblanknews.com that the retired General is allegedly

suffering from prostrate Cancer but it could not be immediately confirmed

from any medical records.
Online channels had last week indicated that Buhari collapsed during the

presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in

Calabar, Cross River State.
Buhari is reported to have filled an online application for the United

States of America Visa to enable him travel to the country around January

26 for medical scrutiny.
The application for the visa, it was learnt, instantly fueled speculations

that Buhari had been weighed down by the strain of the campaigns which he

had been undertaking in recent days, thereby requiring urgent medical

attention in the foreign land.
His opponents argued that Buhari would not have sought to abandon his

campaigns midway and travel abroad for medical attention if his health

condition was not dire.
They contended that the general's failing health had become a serious

concern to his handlers, who have, however, quietly managed the situation

to avoid any damage to his candidature.
But in a shift response, Buhari dismissed the claims over his health as

mere fabrication of lies by those afraid of his rising popularity among

Nigerian voters.
While insisting that he was hale and hearty, Buhari, through his Campaign

Director of Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, asked Nigerians not

to be distracted by the antics of desperate and unpopular candidates who

were afraid of losing in a free and fair contest. The media campaign

director dismissed as a figment of the imagination of “wicked and evil

persons,” the rumour that Buhari may be travelling to the United States

towards the end of this month for medical check up.

While dismissing the report as fabrications, however, he said that “as a

prominent leader of the opposition, many interests across the globe want

him (GMB) over for political and diplomatic consultations,” adding that

the “invitation to the US may not be unconnected to this.”

Shehu also dismissed as fake and untenable a purported medical report from

the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital showing that Buhari had been

diagnosed of prostate cancer by the institution.
In a statement, he described the claim, said to have been credited to a

'renowned source in the hospital', as disdainful, distractive,

mischievous, fake and fallacious.
The Buhari aide said, “It (report of cancer) is untrue and condescending

of its exponents. I have it on good authority that GMB has not visited the

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in the last five years. So, how

can anyone say that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last October,

barely three months ago?.
“This is the highest point of political distraction, malice and mischief.

The report was not only fake but unfounded. I have spoken to impeccable

sources at ABUTH all of whom deny the report and also claimed that the

letterhead used was not their regular one, and that Dr. Bala Mohammed that

purportedly approved the false medical report is not on the personnel list

of that department.” Beside, Shehu said sources at ABUTH disclosed that

“medical report analysis only come from laboratory technologists and not

medical doctors as handwritten in this particular case”, stressing that

Buhari did not attend the hospital for cancer or any other ailment.

He restated its statement of Friday that Buhari is as fit as a fiddle.

“The Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) has discredited the

purported report said to have emanated from the hospital to the effect

that General Muhammadu Buhari is stricken with cancer,” the APC

Presidential Campaign Organisation has said.
Meanwhile, there is a groundswell of opposition from Nigerians in the

Diaspora against the candidate of Buhari in the February 14 presidential

The opposition against the former military ruler is being championed by

the United States chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization

(NIDO), the flagship association of Nigerians living abroad.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Hilton Garden, Washington DC,

Hon. Victor Ugho, the immediate past Vice-President of NIDO, who is the

current President of the Georgia State chapter of the association with

headquarters in Atlanta, urged the former Head of State to perish the

thought of becoming the next president of the country, saying that the

world has moved past the likes of Buhari.
Ugho regretted that Buhari has allowed himself to be pushed around by some

people whom, he said, were looking for ways to cause more pains to

Nigeria. He noted that Buhari, as Head of State, had ample opportunity to

turn the country around, stressing that, “as a matter of sincerity, I do

not think Buhari is the best candidate for Nigeria at this period in time.

He was there as Head of State, what did he do?
“Again, he has not told us what he is going to do differently. We need

continuity; the choice should not be based on tribal sentiment. Let him

tell us how he is going to fix the so-called terrible situation he has

identified. We need somebody who will not bring disunity.”

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer of NIDO, Mr. Ndubusi George

called on Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to think wisely and vote

for the right candidate in next month's presidential election.

Prominent Northern leaders and elders who had initially declared support

for the candidacy of General Muhammadu Buhari in the February elections

have started reconsidering their position, following alarms that the

General might be suffering a serious health challenge.

Culled From Vanguard With additional Reports from Pointblanknews.com

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