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EXTRA: Nigeria mocked on CNN over Buhari’s ill-health


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Nigeria was the butt of a cheeky piece of trivia on the latest edition of The Global Public Square (GPS), a foreign affairs show anchored on CNN by Fareed Zakaria.

In an apparent mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ill-health and Nigeria’s health sector, the following trivia was displayed at 4:59pm on Sunday: “The head of state from which country has not set foot in his homeland in over two months?”

The options were given as Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Nigeria and Syria, with Nigeria eventually confirmed the answer.

A screenshot of the trivia was tweeted by Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Buhari has been receiving medical attention in the United Kingdom since May 7.

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Yemi Osinbajo, his deputy, visited him on July 11, and returned the following day to say the President would return to the country “sooner than you expect”.

In the last week, two separate batches of governors visited him the UK as well, many of them expressing divergent opinions of how soon the President is likely to be back in the country.

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