Reports say that some of President Muhammadu Buhari's aides are allegedly trying to get him back to Aso Rock in Abuja before the eight-week closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Federal Capital Territory if possible.
Sahara Reporters quotes a source close to the presidency as saying: "Some of Mr. President's associates are mounting pressure on him to return to Abuja as soon as possible, and especially before the [Abuja] airport is temporarily closed."
According to another source, even if the president returns now, he would have to jet out for another medical holiday in a few months to continue his treatment.
"It doesn't make sense for Mr. President to return to Abuja immediately just to serve the political interests of some people when his doctors want him to go through all his treatment," the source said.
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The report quoted more sources as saying that President Buhari's inner circle, led by his cousin, Mamman Daura, and his personal assistant, Tunde Sabiu, were behind the decision not to disclose the nature of the president's ailments to the Nigerian public.
The same group reportedly turned his wife Aisha to an outsider in favour of Halima, who is the only one out of all Buhari’s immediate family that is allowed unfettered access to Buhari, the report claims.
NAIJ.com recalls that just on Thursday, March 2, President Buhari received a call from the King of Morocco Mohammed VI, who called to know about his health.
This was revealed by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a press statement released on Thursday afternoon.