President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday received the second dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine.
The President, whose health had been uncertain for years with undisclosed underlying ailments, received the jab at the State House In Abuja, as stated on the official Twitter account of the Presidency.
“President @MBuhari receives the second dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford #COVID19 Vaccine, at the State House, on May 29, 2021. #AsoVillaToday #YesToCovid19Vaccine,” the tweet read.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 29, 2021
Buhari had in March received the first dose of the vaccine, which was administered to him by his physician, Dr Suhayb Sanusi.
SaharaReporters reported on May 12 that Buhari left the country for Paris, the French capital, on an official trip where he was also expected to meet with his doctors.
Apart from Paris, Buhari is known for several medical trips as he had embarked on medical trips abroad at least five times, covering a period of no fewer than 170 days of the six years he had been in power.
On February 5 to 10, 2016, the President took a six-day vacation in the United Kingdom, saying that his doctors lived in England.
Between June 6 and 19, 2016, Buhari went on a 10-day medical trip to England for an ear infection surgery. He extended his trip by three days to rest.
On January 19, 2017, the President was back in London again on a medical vacation.
On February 5, 2017, he wrote to the National Assembly, seeking an extension of his London medical leave. Later on March 10, 2017, Buhari returned to Nigeria but didn’t resume work immediately at Aso Villa.
The Presidency had claimed that “he was working from home.” On May 7, 2017, Buhari embarked on a trip to London for another medical vacation. He returned after 104 days – the longest he had stayed outside the country.
On August 19, 2017, Buhari returned to Nigeria and it took him a while to resume work because rats had reportedly damaged furniture in his office.
The Presidency had announced that he would be working from home. On May 8, 2018, Buhari went to London for a four-day “medical review.”
On April 26, 2019, Buhari again left for the UK on a 10-day private visit to seek medical care. He came back to the country on May 5.
In 2020, Buhari had not minimised his foreign medical trips to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global lockdown and strain on medical facilities.
Also, from March 30 to April 6 2021, the President embarked on another trip for a routine medical check-up in London.