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Anger on Twitter as ministers, governor welcome Yusuf Buhari from Germany


It was a plethora of criticism for the Nigerian first family after Aisha Buhari, wife of the President, took to Twitter to announce the return of Yusuf, Buhari’s only son, from a medical trip to Germany.

Yusuf came into the country on Monday night, almost as clandestinely as he was flown out for treatment after he was involved in a crash in December 2017 while riding on a power bike, sustaining serious head injuries.

He was initially treated at a private hospital in Abuja.

Soon after the crash, it was reported that there were plans to fly Yusuf to Germany for further treatment, one online newspaper even reporting that he had been flown abroad but the presidency debunked the report.

Later in January, it was announced that Yusuf would be discharged because he had “remarkably improved”.

“Mr. Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari, was admitted into Cedarcrest Hospitals, Abuja in the late hours of December 26, 2017, following injuries sustained as a motorcycle rider,” read a statement by the hospital where Yusuf was first admitted.

“Over the following week, his condition improved remarkably and he was transferred from the intensive care to the ward. He has remained stable ever since and has continued to make remarkable progress. He is now ready to be discharged.

“We are also grateful to the Minister of Health, the Minister of State for Health, and the eminent advisory team of specialists assembled by the Minister of Health who supported us in the course of looking after Yusuf.”

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, also issued a statement wishing Yusuf “a complete and speedy recovery”.

But the presidency never said anything to the effect that Yusuf would be flown abroad for more treatment. In short, most Nigerians believed that the President’s son was recuperating at Aso Rock.

However, when he returned to the State House, Yusuf was received at the airport by Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Health, family members and government officials. Meanwhile, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Interior Minister and Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor, were at the presidential villa to welcome him.

But the announcement was greeted with criticism of Buhari’s penchant for flying himself and family members abroad for medical treatment while the country’s health system remains in shambles.

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