President Muhammadu Buhari has departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for the United Kingdom, where he will meet his doctors for a routine medical check-up.
Buhari, 78, embarked on the journey after meeting the nation’s security chiefs earlier today.
The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu, Chief of Staff Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, FCT Minister Mohammed Musa Bello, media aides Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, and other dignitaries accompanied him to the airport.
He is expected to return to Nigeria in the second week of April 2021, according to Femi Adesina.
Buhari last visited the UK in January 2020, to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit and partly also to see his doctors.
Twice in 2019, Buhari also went on medical trips to UK, first between 25 April to 5 May.
The second trip, also for two weeks, was between 2 November and 17 November.
The first time Buhari went on medical leave as President was July 2016. He spent two weeks, between 6 July and 19 July.
In 2017, he returned for the longest trip ever, between 7 May and 13 August.
That coincided with rumours that the president was seriously ill.
He returned to admit that he had never been so ill in his life.
In September of 2017, Buhari returned for another check, lasting just four days.
Thrice in 2018, Buhari also visited UK visited UK for medical checks, 9-19 April, 8-18 May and 3-13 August.