There have been reports that General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the former Military Head of State, is very ill and may have had a stroke in a part of his body according to sources.
Abdulsalami Abubakar has flown out of the country for medical treatment about three weeks ago. According to family sources, he was transported to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for medical treatment, but he could now be admitted to a specialist hospital in the United Kingdom.
The former military Head of State was accompanied on his journey abroad by his wife, former First Lady Justice Fati Lami Abubakar. His in-law and Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, came to Dubai immediately after the APC Presidential primaries to demonstrate support for the former Nigerian leader and is also said to be by his hospital bed in the UK for the same reason.
According to reports, the former military dictator was flown to London last week for urgent medical treatment, the Chairman of the National Peace Committee had been ailing for some time before his family decided to seek treatment outside of Nigeria.
Due to his illness, Abubakar was unable to attend the Gubernatorial Peace Pact signed by all 11 political parties and their candidates on June 15, 2022, in Ado Ekiti earlier this week. Bishop Mathew Kukah and other members of the National Peace Committee had represented him instead.
Abubakar was not also able to celebrate his 80th birthday as scheduled on June 13, 2022, due to a disease that has confined him to a hospital bed in London.
Through press releases and statements, President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, and other officials praised the elder statesman for his achievements, patriotism, and ushering in democratic governance in Nigeria on May 29, 1999, after nearly two decades of military rule.
Abdulsalam’s health situation is raising concerns, but his physicians are attempting to stabilize him and restore his health.