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EXPOSED: Why ‘ailing’ African leaders won’t open up about their health

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The Institute for Pan African Thought and Conversation say
for the past months, and indeed years, have seen speculation mounting
over the health of at least four heads of state on the African
continent.
These include Nigerian leader
Muhammadu Buhari, 74, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, Angolan
leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 74, and Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
80.

Bloomberg reports that these leaders often leave their countries in limbo, as they spend a lot of time abroad seeking medical attention. 
Their ailments are always kept a secret from the public as if the electorate won’t vote for them if they open up. 
The
Institute for Security Studies say the stance often taken by most
leaders not to disclose their illnesses was “a reflection of lack of
trust in their citizens”.
Business
Insider Sub Saharan Africa takes a look at five other African heads of
government who have made the news in recent times because of their
health challenges and the secrecy shrouding it.

Buhari arrives in Nigeria in March after a lengthy sick leave in London (File Photo)

With
more than seven months gone in 2017, Nigerian President Muhammadu
Buhari has spent the better part of the year holed up in a London
hospital treating an undisclosed illness far away from the 180 million
Nigerian citizens that elected him to lead them out the worst economic
crisis to hit the country in decades.
Mr
Buhari’s continued absence has fueled a leadership crisis that has
threatened to boil over on several occasions amid calls for him to take
the high road and hand in his resignation if he can no longer cope with
the physical and mental rigour of leading Africa’s most populous
country.
But 74-year-old Mr Buhari is
hardly the only African president who has had his productivity and
ability to govern seriously limited by reoccurring health problems.

Peter Mutharika (File Photo)

In 2016, President Peter Mutharika of
Malawi was absent from the country for weeks, leaving the door open to
wild speculations about his death as his aides provided no specific
information about his whereabouts.
On his
return to the country, 76-year-old Mutharika admitted at a press
briefing that he had been away in a U.S. hospital to treat rheumatism, a
muscle and joint condition that is often chronic and debilitating in
older sufferers.
Mr Mutharika, who is
rumoured to be seeking re-election, however, insisted that he is in
excellent health, adding that he is as healthy as any 30-year-old.

Jose Eduardo Dos Santos (CBS Africa)

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos was away from his country for the entire month of May, sparking speculations that he was dead or terminally ill.
Authorities
were not willing to provide specifics about his whereabouts until they
bowed to the pressure from the opposition and civil society groups,
forcing the Foreign Minister to clarify that 74-year-old Dos Santos, who
has led Angola since 1979, was in Spain receiving treatment for an
undisclosed ailment.

Patrice Talon (File Photo)

In June 2017, President Patrice Talon of
the Republic of Benin surprised and impressed many with his decision to
provide details about a prostate condition that saw him undergo two
surgeries and spend one month away from the country while receiving
treatment in a Parisian hospital.
His
action was hailed as a rare example of an African leader publicly
revealing the details of his health, with a statement from his office
saying the 59-year-old Talon believed it was important to inform his
fellow countrymen about the state of his health.

Robert Mugabe (File Photo)

Robert Mugabe is
93 years old and the oldest elected president in the world. In recent
years, his health has taken quite a hit obviously from the ravages of
old age; he periodically flies out to Singapore for medical attention.
It is rumoured that he has prostate cancer.
However,
close aides of Mugabe continue to insist that his many trips to
Singapore are meant to treat a minor problem with his eye.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (File Photo)

Eighty-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria is rumoured to be bedridden and rarely makes public appearances since he suffered a stroke in 2013.
On
several occasions, he has had to postpone or reschedule meetings with
visiting foreign dignitaries due to his poor health, including an abrupt
cancellation of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Algerian capital, Algiers, in February.
His
most recent public appearance after months of absence came in July as
Algerians celebrated Independence Day. After nearly two decades in
power, many wonder if he can finish his current term in office.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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