It has been revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is currently down with ‘Meniere Disease’.
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which one feels as if he is spinning (vertigo).
It is also attended with fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus).
It is also accompanied with a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear.
Reports reveal that the disease is linked with the President’s infrequent cancellation of travels, the last being the kick-off of the Ogoni clean-up exercise.
Sources say that he is presently being treated at the presidential villa, Abuja.
As a result of the infection, the president now suffers hearing impairment and routinely complains of severe pains and unusual sounds from the ear.
It could be recalled that President Buhari had on three recent occasions cancelled official trips within and outside the country due to the infection.
He had to be represented at those occassions by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
A statement by the presidency on Friday said the vice president would again represent the president at the 48th Ordinary Summit of Head of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holding this weekend in Dakar, Senegal.
The statement by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the vice president, said VP Osinbajo would leave for Dakar on Friday and was expected back in Abuja on Sunday.
Premium Times also added on Friday that the president got the ear infection about two weeks ago.
It noted that apart from his family, only a few high profile individuals who visited at the Presidential Villa in the last one week were aware of the president’s illness.
The president, who clocked 73 last December, was said to have confirmed it to some dignitaries who visited him in the past days, explaining to some of them that that was why he was unable to visit Lagos and Rivers as scheduled.
He was also said to have told his guest that he was struggling to give his failing health a major attention.
He is currently being treated by his personal physician and other experts from the State House Clinic.
An official said the president might seek treatment abroad if his condition does not improve in the next few days.
Despite hearing difficulty, though, the president hosted some important visitors, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan as well as some clergymen on Friday.
Our effort to reach Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant on media and publicity for confirmation was not answered, neither was the call returned.
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