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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja for London on a 10-day vacation at the Nnamdi Azikwke International Airport Abuja, Nigeria, June 6, 2016 REUTERS/Stringer

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By Felix Onuah

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari flew to London on Monday for a 10-day holiday, during which he will receive medical treatment for a persistent ear infection.

His departure comes days after the 73-year-old former military ruler cancelled a trip to the restive Niger Delta region at the last minute. Last month, he pulled out of what would have been his first official trip to Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.

A presidency statement issued late on Sunday said Buhari would see an ear, nose and throat specialist in London after being examined by two doctors in Nigeria who "recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution".

The president flew out of the international airport in the capital, Abuja, where he was accompanied by personal aides, including his chief of staff and official spokesmen.

(Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram)

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