Muhammadu Buharis’ son, Yusuf Buhari, who was, on Tuesday night, involved in a powerbike accident in Abuja, was flown out of the country in the early hours of Thursday morning following the severe head injury he sustained after the crash, a prominent news outlet said.
Yusuf Buhari sustained a head injury and broke a limb in the accident, which made him undergo a surgery at Cedacrest Hospital in the nation’s capital.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had said the only son of the president is in a stable condition.
It reads: “Yusuf Buhari had a powerbike accident last night around Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“He broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result. He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition.
“The President and his wife, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, are thankful to Nigerians for the good wishes and prayers for their son. May God reward you all.”
However, TheCable, an online newspaper, countered what Shehu said, as it quoted a source as saying that the statement was not very accurate.
“The statement did not reflect the true situation of things. The boy is in a critical condition. He has been in the intensive care unit,” the source said.
“Some doctors in the hospital were even scared to attend to him just in case anything went wrong. Imagine doctors being scared to perform their duty. He is the only son of the president.”
The source added that the president’s family were making plans to get an air ambulance that would convey Yusuf Buhari to a German hospital which Cedacrest has an affiliation with.
Cedacrest is said to be the only orthopaedic specialist hospital in Abuja.
The doctors have reportedly advised them not to fly Yusuf Buhari out at the moment, explaining that it is dangerous to move him out in his current state.
“The last time they mentioned flying him abroad for better treatment, the medical team advised them against it because the boy needs to be in a good condition before he leaves,” the source added.
“But they do not seem to be satisfied with the advice and they are seriously considering flying him out.”
Meanwhile, the news outlet has confirmed that Yusuf was then flown out in an air ambulance, secured by the family, under the care of a Nigerian doctor and three paramedics. He was driven to the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja, in an ambulance with oxygen support.
It is understood that the family decided on Germany.
An orthopaedic consultant with specialisation in head injuries was also on the flight to monitor his progress.