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Mixed reactions trail departure of Buhari’s nephew Mamman Daura to UK


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 restrictions are still on international flights in the country since in March 2020. Only flights on essential duties are allowed in the country.

Although the reasons behind Daura’s departure to the UK is unknown, there are claims that he embarked on the trip for medical reasons.


A family source who spoke to 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 told NAN.

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.

Some Nigerians on Twitter, however, think otherwise about the reason for Daura’s trip to the UK.

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