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Opinion: President Buhari Going Abroad For Medical Check-up Shouldn't Be Criticized For This Reason

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari a few days ago jetted out of the country with the intention to get medically checked in the United Kingdom. 

But his recent travel has generated major backlash from many Nigerians and even former aide to ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Reno Omokri called for Nigerians to storm the president's location and demand his relocation back to the country. 

But in my opinion, this is constitutionally not right because previous Nigerian presidents have enjoyed periodic travels abroad to seek the same medical care President Muhammadu Buhari went for that is recently attracting mixed reactions. Recalling, the late ex-president Umaru Musa Yaradua frequented abroad because of his health issues, and not for once did he attract this level of backlash from Nigerians, so why is President Buhari's visit to the United Kingdom for a medical check-up being blown out of proportion? And why is it being politicized? 

If the previous administrative leaders went abroad for a medical check-up and no dust was raised, then, President Muhammadu Buhari is entitled to it as well and deserves as many visits to the UK as the previous presidents without being critiqued for it. 

However, looking at the number of times late Umaru Musa Yaradua visited abroad in order to get medical care, it's way higher and nothing compared to the number of times this current administration went there for the same reason. I feel Buhari's medical visits shouldn't be politicized because previous presidents enjoyed it without criticism or any kind of fuss. He's not the first Nigerian president to go abroad for medical treatment, he did not start it either, and he won't be the last to do it. Let Nigerians be guided and fair when dishing out criticism, the mental and physical health of the president of a nation reflects on his everyday decision, — in that case, we need a healthy and full-functioning President to lead and move our nation forward. 

These are reasons I feel his medical care visits shouldn't be a tool for criticism or politicization.

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