Mamman Daura, a nephew and close confidant of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been flown to the United Kingdom for urgent medical treatment over an undisclosed ailment according to a report by SaharaReporters.
The online platform, Reported that Daura, 79, was said to have been flown in a private jet to the UK on Wednesday 19th August 2020, after exhibiting respiratory difficulties with symptoms similar to Coronavirus since last Friday.
The former journalist, who is an integral member of the ‘Cabal’, a group of influential individuals around President Buhari, who help him make key decisions, is said to have had a history of renal crisis and had regularly visited the West for medical attention.
Daura made the trip 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 should be noted that the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, had also defied the ban and reportedly flown to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.
Efforts to get presidential spokesmen to talk on Daura’s trip on Wednesday evening did not yield any result.
In April, another ‘Cabal’ member and late Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, died from Coronavirus complications.
His demise sent panic across Nigeria’s seat of power, forcing drastic safety measures to be adopted to protect the President, who has himself battled an undisclosed ailment and had visited UK several times in recent years for medical attention.