Former military Head of State and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, February 26, 2015 confirmed that his trip to the UK – which has created considerable controversy – was for medical reasons.
He made the revelation while answering questions during a speaking session at the Chatham House.
Answering a question sent in from a Twitter user who asked him if at 72 he did not feel he was too old to rule, General Buhari replied: “My doctors assure me that I am fit and I am ready to return to Nigeria to continue the onslaught against the PDP.”
His assertion negates earlier claims from the APC camp that the retired general was fit as a fiddle, with reports of General Buhari’s ill-health fueled by misleading pictures which were distributed by the spokesman of his campaign organisation, Garba Shehu, who sent the pictures with the aim of fooling Nigerians into thinking General Buhari had conducted an interview in the UK, when in fact the interview was held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
It is widely believed that the former military dictator who is running for presiden for the fourth time, is ailing, and unconfirmed reports say he is suffering from prostrate cancer
General Buhari’s statement at Chatham House has proven that he indeed had gone to the UK to meet with his doctors over his questionable state of health.