Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is battling what appears to be Alzheimer’s disease, Signal reports.
The development, which has greatly impaired the President’s ability to remember serious matters of governance, has strengthened the takeover of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa by a cabal under the reins of Mamman Daura.
According to a top-level source who disclosed the details to SIGNAL, a recent meeting with President Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa showed how much the illness may have worsened in the last few months with the president needing a reminder over and over again to keep up with the details of an ongoing conversation.
The development is said to have created a situation where the president is technically no longer in control of serious governance decisions.
According to the source who did not want to be named, Mamman Daura, a close confidant of the president has now assumed control of the Buhari administration taking advantage of the president’s ailment.
“It is a really serious situation. It is looking like the president has now been caged and hijacked. He is not in control. Daura is the one handling most of the key issues. He is the one who manages the entire decision-making process from who is listed and presented to the president for appointments, interpretation of key policy decisions and their implications to the president, and even who is targeted or penciled down for arrests or prosecution. It’s unbelievably shocking”, the source said.
The unfolding development corroborates an earlier report in June 2016 which revealed details about how wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari was being sidelined by the Daura cabal which had hijacked President Buhari’s government.
Buhari’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and a history of memory gaffes
According to medical experts, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may function independently. He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities. Despite this, the person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses, such as forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects.
Friends, family or neighbors begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview, doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentration. Common difficulties include:
  • Problems coming up with the right word or name
  • Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people
  • Having greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings
  • Forgetting material that one has just read
  • Losing or misplacing a valuable object
  • Increasing trouble with planning or organizing
In the run up to the 2015 presidential election, Nigerians witnessed a bizarre occurrence in how President Buhari then the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) became entangled in a series of memory, pronunciation and clear message errors. In one striking instance, President Buhariforgot the name of his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo addressing him instead as Prof. Yemi Osinbade.
In another shocking development, President Buhari on a live television interview with Al Jazeera forgot the full meaning of Nigeria’s electoral body the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), switching ‘Nigeria’ with ‘National’.
Similarly, in a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, President Buhari forgot the full meaning of APC, the acronym of his All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling party. This time, Buhari omitted the word ‘progressives’, adding ‘Nigeria’ and ‘people’ into the mix and describing his party as the All Nigeria Peoples Congress.


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