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Cartoon: African presidents and foreign medical trips

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.

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Hello it’s Buhari on the line: Telephone Conversations Made in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has been in the United Kingdom since January on a medical vacation. Buhari’s continued stay has set tongues wagging, with unending speculations over his health, humours of Baba Go Slow’s death have been doing the rounds. Buhari’s indefinite stay in the UK is worrying many Nigerians, who wish their leader a speedy recovery so that he resumes his presidential duties.

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What Do Trump’s Phone Calls to African Leaders Mean for Trade and Security

U.S. President Donald Trump has been in the Oval office for a little over a month, and the early days have been quite eventful. The continent remains on tenterhooks, as it remains unclear what trajectory the Trump administration will take on Africa. While it has been argued that the Trump presidency is a golden moment for Africa to chart its own development path, it appears Trump is likely to adopt policies that deal with individual countries in the continent, unlike his predecessors who crafted policies which saw Africa as group.

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Cartoon: Buhari requests for indefinite extension of medical leave

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has requested an extension of his 10-day vacation for a “routine” medical check-up in UK. It’s unclear when the president would return to the country. President Buhari was initially expected back by the 6th of February but has asked for more time for his doctors to “complete the test cycle before returning”. Buhari’s continued absence has set tongues wagging in a country facing numerous economic and security challenges. Pressure has been mounting for President Buhari’s administration, with ongoing protests against the worsening economic situation. Baba Go Slow’s leadership is sorely missed.

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Buhari, Patience Jonathan, and Theresa May

President Buhari’s silence translates as nonchalance towards his creditors, all Nigerians. Sadly, this indifference is the default, if feckless, attitude of those who occupy the space of leadership in Nigeria. These are the men and women who take the most from Nigeria but give back the least. Think about it: since assuming the presidency, has Mr. Buhari offered a serious policy statement about his country’s healthcare sector?

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Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari receives award in Brussels

Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari has received an award in Brussels, Belgium at the African women’s forum on “Women’s Role in global security.” Despite her husband President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent controversial statements that the First Lady belongs in “my kitchen” and “the other room” the First Lady has proven that she’s worth much more, and she has the resolve to fight for various noble causes that she’s passionate about.

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Nigeria open to UN aiding negotiations with Boko Haram over release of Chibok girls

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who last month said the country is “prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram” and “sources” who know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls has reiterated that his government will accept United Nations (UN) bodies to act as intermediaries in any negotiation with Boko Haram. The strategy of negotiating with terrorists has been criticised before, but it seems dialogue with Boko Haram is now more of a necessity rather than an option.