The Presidency has denied social media reports that Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, travelled to the UK due to treat coronavirus infection.
Reports emerged on Wednesday morning that the former journalist and industrialist had been infected with COVID-19 and was flown out on medical emergency.
“It is true he travelled to the UK on Wednesday. Every other thing is imagined, just to give the story some sensation. He is in good health,” a family member, who declined to be named “because it is not necessary”, a family source told TheCable.
Another family member said: “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 reports said he was flown out in a private jet, although people with medical emergencies are usually flown in air ambulances.
“More so, what country in the world is receiving foreign COVID-19 patients at this time? You are required to be COVID negative before you can fly. Every country is paying priority to their own citizens because of the overwhelming nature of the pandemic.
“Mallam did not travel to the UK to treat COVID-19 or because of any medical emergency. He is in good health. He went for his regular check-up and there is nothing strange about that.”