An aide and close friend of Mallam Mamman Daura, Aminu Balele Kurfi, has said the nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to London for routine medical check-up.
Kurfi was reacting to reports in Saharareporters on Wednesday that Mallam Daura was flown to the UK aboard a private jet after developing a serious medical condition suspected to be COVID-19-related.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening, Kurfi said: “The whole world saw Mallam Mamman Daura without any sign of illness on Tuesday when he attended the funeral prayer for late journalist, Wada Maida.”
He also said Daura often travels for medical checks with his long-term doctors based in the United Kingdom.
“I was one of those who saw him off at the Airport and he called me when they landed in London this evening (yesterday),” he said.
He described reports of Daura’s alleged serious illness as inaccurate.
“At 80 years it is natural that he will from time to time undertake medical checks,” Mr Kurfi said.
He added that as a free citizen, Daura is free to seek for medical services or opinion anywhere.
“If he were sick and the sickness is COVID-19, do you think UK authorities will allow him to travel there at this time?” he asked.