Buhari heads for official London visit as health questions resurface
09.04.2018 - Abuja / Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari plans a trip to the UK on Monday, where he plans to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May before participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings from April 18 through 20.
Buhari also will meet with Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, to discuss plans for the company and its partners to invest USD$15 billion in Nigeria’s oil industry.
"These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society,” said Garba Shehu, a media assistant to Buhari, in a statement Sunday.
"Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain,” Shehu added.
While in London, Buhari will connect with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who has developed a connection with the Nigerian president in promoting religious harmony.
Welby was among Buhari’s most prominent guests during an extended stay at Abuja House London in 2017 when the president was seeking medical treatment. He resumed his duties on August 21 after returning from a UK visit that began May 7, 2017. The months-long visit followed an earlier stay in the UK from January through March, which began much speculation over the 75-year-old Buhari’s fitness for office.
Those concerns are resurfacing as Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) party contemplate running for a second term in the February 2019 elections. Some Nigerian observers are watching the London trip for signs of medical evaluations and any clean bill of health Buhari may need before deciding on a second-term run.
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