Controversy over departure of Presidential jet from London



But the media team of President Muhammadu Buhari denied
knowledge of such thing, saying that it should be taken as rumour as there was
no information available to them suggesting that the President had left London
where he is on medical vacation.

NE recalls that President Buhari had left the country on 7th May to see his
doctors in London, the United Kingdom and had handed the button of leadership
to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to act on his behalf However, there
have been insinuations in some quarters that the President’s health had
recorded a remarkable improvement that would warrant him to return to the
country soon.

The speculation about the President’s return was rife Tuesday when some sources
in London had claimed that Mr. President’s aircraft had taken off from there to
Abuja even as it was reported that some staff at the Presidential Villa had
been on standby since Monday.

But when our source sought the confirmation of the alleged departure of the
Presidential aircraft from London from the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he said he was not aware of such
development.

Also in denial of any knowledge of the alleged departure of the Presidential
aircraft from London was the Special Adviser to the President on Media and
Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina who said he was not informed of anything like
that. According to him, “BBC also called me and said the president’s aircraft
had taken off, I should confirm it.

I said the tradition is that if the president is coming, we will be asked to
issue a statement but there has been no such instruction.”

As at the time of filing this report late Tuesday night, there was no
confirmation to the effect that the presidential aircraft had left London and
there was no movement within the Presidential Villa to support the rumour.

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