News Updated: August 08, 2020

Aisha Buhari Critically Ill, Flown To UAE Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe
August 08, 2020

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Amid ongoing deadly COVID-19 pandemic, wife of the President, Aisha Buhari is reported to be critically ill and has been flown to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for a medical check-up.

A top Presidency official confirmed this to newsmen on Friday.

According to the source, Aisha Buhari was flown out of the country during the Sallah holiday last week after complaining of neck pain for about two weeks before that time.

The neck pain was said to have started shortly after she returned to Abuja from a trip to Lagos in July where she had visited Florence, widow of former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who died of COVID-19 complications on June 25, 2020.

Confirming the report, a top Presidential aide said,


“The First Lady started having severe neck pain during the 2019 Presidential electioneering. And she sought treatment abroad afterwards.

“However, recently the pain returned and was even worse than the first time. So, she was flown out last week. It was indeed a medical emergency.”

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Meanwhile, Aisha Buhari’s spokesman, Aliyu Abdullah, said he was not aware if his principal was out of the country or not.

“I have not been to the Villa for the last two weeks so I cannot say for sure if she is in the country or not. However, I can categorically tell you that there is no emergency,” he said.

The President’s wife also travelled out of the country for several weeks last year to treat an undisclosed ailment.


AllNews reports that as at the time of filing this report, Presidency is yet to make any comment on the report.

Nigerian React...

However, Aisha Buhari's travelling has stirred lots of reactions online as Nigerians kick against her flying to Dubai to treat neck pain despite travel ban on international flight. They also criticized Buhari’s administration for the act.

Here are some comments AllNews gathered via Twitter;




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