Speculation surrounding President Muhammadu Buhari’s health once again surfaced on Monday after the president failed to attend a May Day rally.
Mr. Buhari’s absence from the annual Workers’ Day celebration comes less than a week after he missed last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. The Office of the Presidency and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, explained that the president missed the meeting because he needed rest.
Nigerians on Twitter have questioned the president’s whereabouts using the hashtag #WhereIsBuhari. While the president’s media aides have not yet provided an explanation for his absence, many Nigerians on social media have assumed that his illness prevented him from attending the rally. Since returning from his 50-day medical leave in London, Mr. Buhari’s health status has been the subject of widespread speculation, and his absence from last week’s FEC meeting and Monday’s May Day rally has raised more questions about his capacity to govern.
It would be recalled that SaharaReporters revealed that the president has had difficulty eating and drinking, but his cabal has insisted that he remain in the country rather than seek medical treatment abroad.