President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in London, UK to undergo complicated surgery for an alleged cancerous tumor in his body.
Buhari left Nigeria on Monday, October 31, 2022 for London, and he is billed to return from the trip in the second week of November.
“President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in London, UK, for a routine medical examination. The president will return to the country in the second week of November 2022,” Bashir Ahmad, the president’s special adviser on digital communications, wrote in a tweet.
While there is no official statement about the nature of the president’s condition, a report by Sahara Reporters said he will undergo surgery to remove a mass in his body believed to be cancer at the Royal Brompton Hospital in The United Kingdom. The hospital is located in Sydney St, London SW3 6NP.
Mass in medicine is a lump in the body. It can be caused by the abnormal growth of cells, a cyst, hormonal changes, or an immune response.
Also known as tumors, they can start in any of the trillions of cells in our body. They grow and behave differently depending on whether they are cancerous (malignant), noncancerous (benign), or precancerous.
When cancer cells form a lump or growth, it is called a cancerous tumor. A tumor is cancerous when it grows in nearby tissues or has cells that can break loose and travel through the blood or lymphatic system and spread to lymph nodes and distant parts of the body.
“Our director, President Buhari, will undergo a complicated surgical procedure in the UK. Meanwhile, the procedure is more complicated than that disclosed by Femi Adesina and other presidential aides,” a presidential source told Sahara Reporters.
“It is a procedure to remove a mass in his body that is believed to be cancer, and it will be done at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
He will be gone for two weeks, but can stay longer. He had previously postponed treatment until further notice, but his doctors warned him to do it now or die. Sadly, as usual, he refused to hand over the baton to Deputy President Osinbajo.”
Since taking office in 2015, the president has spent more than 200 days on medical vacation despite budgeting billions of naira annually for the State House Clinic and other hospitals in Nigeria.