SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 20 – There is anxiety in the inner circle of President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening health of his nephew and close confidant, Mamman Daura, who has now been flown to the United Kingdom for urgent medical treatment over an undisclosed ailment.
According to media sources, Daura, 79, was said to have been flown in a private jet to the UK on Wednesday after exhibiting respiratory difficulties with symptoms similar to Coronavirus since last Friday.
The former journalist, who is a member of 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.
Recall that earlier this month, Daura came under widespread criticisms after he said that zoning of the Presidency in Nigeria should be jettisoned for competence.
Speaking with the BBC Hausa, he said the zoning formula had failed Nigeria and should be abandoned.
The president has lost two key members of his inner circle and close confidants this year.
In April, Buhari’s late Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, died from Coronavirus complications. A key member of the Buhari’s administration, 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 treatment.
Last month, another key individual in the president’s inner circle, Mallam Isa Funtua, died from cardiac arrest.