Nigerians on Thursday had mixed reactions to the departure of Mamman Daura, a nephew to President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Kingdom (UK).
Daura’s departure to the UK comes while international flights are currently shut in the country since March curb the spread of coronavirus in March 2020. The only international travel in the country are by essential duties.
During the period while international flights were shut, a number of high profile Nigerian politicians have died of complications from COVID-19 infection.
Buhari’s chief of staff Abba Kyari died in April 2020, about a month after he contracted the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Lagos senator Bayo Osinowo and other politicians in the country had died from the virus.
Although the reasons behind Daura’s departure to the UK is unknown, there are claims that he embarked on the trip for medical attention.
A family source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) refuted the claims, saying that the president’s nephew embarked on the trip for reasons unrelated to COVID-19 in good health.
“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 family source to NAN.
Some Nigerians on Twitter, however, believe otherwise about the health of President Buhari’s nephew health conditions.