By Uche Mbah
Since President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom for what his aids described as a private visit, he has all but disappeared from the radar, and nobody seems to know exactly where he is.
For over one week, Buhari has been out of the country without transmitting any letter to the National Assembly for the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to take over as Acting President. He is currently acting as the vice president. His handlers claimed that he can rule Nigeria from anywhere.
The trip has had its own share of controversies.
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the trip, accusing the President of trying to escape from his responsibilities in relation to the security crisis currently engulfing the country. Since Buhari left, the country has experienced escalating security crisis, with Fulani Herdsmen-with their new baptismal name of bandits-overworking on steroid overdrive. Kidnappers have been having a field day, and Boko Haram has been on rampage, claiming and reclaiming towns with attendant military casualties.
Reports indicate that since Buhari arrived London, he has virtually disappeared. Abuja house, where he always stays, has been reportedly devoid of the usual hustle and bustle associated with the presence of a president. And there appears to be no signs he is at his usual hospital either.
The British Press are having a total blackout on the visit of a president from another country. From The Mail to The Guardian, Sun to Telegraph, there has been a total media blackout. The trending results about Nigeria appear to be insecurity, particularly about the foreign Aid workers killed in Nigeria.
The usual influx of influential people to London when he travels is conspicuously absent, as most political Gladiators appear to be in the country.
President Buhari is expected to be back after ten days.