The 24 Governors elected on the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, are meeting on Thursday, March 2, with the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, to address some matters of national importance.
The issues to be addressed include the forth coming National Convention, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lingering health challenges, the 2017 budget and its implementation, among others.
A top source further hinted that the meeting is also aimed at addressing the concerns from various quarters about the absence of Buhari, and to forge a common front on the issues arising from it.
The latest disclosure of Buhari’s health status has put pressure on him to step down or resign.
The medical treatment in London, has revealed that apart from a lingering prostrate flare-up and other chronic conditions, the Nigerian leader has also recently been battling with a persistent “internal organ” problem.
The source attributed President Buhari’s inability to eat, as well as his progressive loss of weight, to Crohn’s Disease, a medical condition that has affected his digestive system.
According to the source, Buhari had parts of his colon removed in 2013, and also had another operation to have hemorrhoids, swollen veins near the human rectum, removed in 2016 in London, during one of his secret trips to seek urgent medical treatment.
The latest revelation appears to validate a claim by Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari, to the effect that her husband was dealing with “internal organ failure.”
In interviews, several Doctors in Nigeria and the UK, disclosed that the fact that Buhari was an outpatient, indicated a condition consistent with Crohn’s disease.
Two of the Doctors stated that it was likely that Buhari’s course of treatment for his prostrate and other issues, led to a complication and worsening of his Crohn’s disease.
Doctors also revealed that Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. “When it occurs in younger people, there is a higher chance of future complications than in older patients,” one Doctor told our Correspondent. He added, that the disease “often worsens with age.”
According to the Doctors consulted for this report, while there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, palliative therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms, and even bring about long-term remission. Some of the Doctors stressed that, with proper treatment and management, many patients with Crohn’s disease are able to function well.