The shocking disclosure was made on Monday, after the Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo, refused to disclose the medical condition of his boss when confronted by State House correspondents.
Source revealed that the President is being treated at the Princess Grace Hospital, 42–52 Nottingham Place, London.
A medical expert said; “When cancer has reached a metastasis stage, it means that the cancer cells have spread from the primary site of origin (where it started) into different area(s) of the body, including the bones.
“Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancerous drugs designed to shrink and control the size of the cancer while prostatectomy surgery is performed by an urologist to remove the entire prostate in order to remove the cancerous cells.
“Chemo drugs are administered by doctors in cycles, with each period of treatment followed by a rest period to allow the body time to recover. Each cycle typically lasts for a few weeks.”
The source disclosed that Buhari had been battling prostate cancer for more than five years and he had been advised to undergo chemotherapy treatment or a prostatectomy surgery, which will keep him out of the country for not less than six months, but fear of losing power made him declined.
With each cycle of the chemo treatment expected to last for three to four weeks, the entire cycles is expected to last for more than six months.
Apart from the danger of being away for more than six months, fear is also being expressed concerning the side effects of the chemo drugs on the President because of his age.
Though, chemo drugs are said to kill fast-growing cancer cells, the drugs also travel throughout the body and can affect normal, healthy cells that are fast-growing.
Recall, that Buhari had on January 19 written to the National Assembly, notifying them that he was proceeding on a 10-day leave from January 23 to February 6, and temporarily transferring presidential power to Osinbajo.
The leave was supposed to last 10 work days, between January 23 and February 6, according to the letter transmitted to both chambers of the National Assembly.
However, instead of waiting till January 23 that the leave was to commence, the President hurriedly travelled on Thursday, January 19, not minding that Vice President Osinbajo was outside the country.
Presidency source disclosed that instead of landing at Heathrow Airport, the Presidential Jet that took Buhari to London landed at London City Airport and he was moved to Princess Grace Hospital.
Social media was agog with stories of the President’s death, which was debunked by his aides.
However, while the President was being expected in the country on Sunday, Femi Adesina, issued a three-paragraph press statement later on Sunday, stating that the president had extended his medical vacation.
This is the third time Buhari has transferred power to Osinbajo since the two leaders were inaugurated in May 2015.
The first time was on February 5, 2016 when the President embarked on a five-day vacation; and the second was in June 2016 when Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom for treatment of what the Presidency described as ear infection.