President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura was on Wednesday reported to have flown out of the country due an undisclosed illness.
The Presidency, however, debunked the report that President Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, had been flown out of the country for medical checkup
Reports making rounds noted that he developed breathing difficulties “consistent with COVID-19” on Friday and was reportedly flown out on Wednesday for treatment.
Meanwhile, a family member who spoke on the condition of anonymity with the cabal said, “It is true he travelled to the UK on Wednesday. Every other thing is imagined, just to give the story some sensation. He is in good health”
Another family member said: “It is impossible that a man, who is over 80, would have breathing problems on Friday and the family would wait for five days before flying him abroad in an emergency. A man having breathing problems on Friday would not attend a public funeral on Tuesday.”
“The reports said he was flown out in a private jet, although people with medical emergencies are usually flown in air ambulances.”
“More so, what country in the world is receiving foreign COVID-19 patients at this time? You are required to be COVID negative before you can fly. Every country is paying priority to their own citizens because of the overwhelming nature of the pandemic.”
“Mallam did not travel to the UK to treat COVID-19 or because of any medical emergency. He is in good health. He went for his regular check-up and there is nothing strange about that.”
Reminded that there is currently a ban on international air travels, the source said “that is a different matter entirely… there have been special flights authorised out of the country, and that does not mean those authorised to fly had COVID-19”.