Mamman Daura, who is a close nephew of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, has been flown to the United Kingdom (UK), for treatment after he was said to have shown symptoms similar to Covid-19 infection.
The 79-year-old Daura, was said to have been flown abroad in a private jet after exhibiting respiratory difficulties since last Friday.
Daura, a non-office holder in Buhari’s government, but a powerful member of his kitchen cabinet, was said to be in need of an urgent medical treatment.
Much earlier before now, precisely on April 18, Nigeria’s Presidency has announced the death Abba Kyari, the powerful Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who, alongside Daura, had been called the arrowheads of the faceless Aso Rock cabal.
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What now made Daura’s flight to the UK a controversial one is because it was made at a time the ban imposed on international flights as one of the ways of curtailing further spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria has not been lifted.
It will be recalled that under the same airport lockdown, Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari, had also been flown to the United Arab Emirates for treatment, after she was said to have complained of neck pain.
First Lady Aisha had visited Lagos late in July on a condolence visit to Florence Ajimobi, widow of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, at the Ajimobis residence on high brow Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Ajimobi, the late former Oyo State governor, had died on June 25, 2020 after suffering complications from the highly infectious coronavirus disease.
But after returning from Lagos, the First Lady Aisha, was said to have observed the 14-day self-isolation consequent upon the neck pain said to have refused to stop for close to one month after her trip.
The need for a thorough medical check up was given as the reason to fly First Lady Aisha to Dubai, for a comprehensive and immediate medical attention.