The Presidency has reacted to a report that President Muhammadu Buhari spent about £6 million (almost N3 billion) to treat an ear infection in London.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, responding to a post by one Professor Farooq Kperogi, an Associate Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, said that the whole treatment, including a follow-up visit by a specialist to Nigeria didn’t cost £50,000 (about N20 million)
Kperogi had shared the photo below with the caption:
Precisely! I agree with Dr. Pantami. As student union leaders in BUK in the early 1990s we used this verse to mobilize students to take ownership of their lives and fight injustice. You shouldn’t sit listlessly and watch a president who got elected on the promise of change live in the lavish luxuries of the past while the people he governs starve and die.
A president who promised you change went to London, spent 6 million pounds (that’s up to 3 billion Naira) just to treat an ear infection when all Nigerian teaching hospitals combined were allocated less than 3 billion Naira in the budget, and when he budgeted up to 4 billion Naira for Aso Rock Clinic that he doesn’t even use AND after he banned all government officials from traveling abroad for medical treatment. We should fight to change this.
Allah will not change this for us until we change the self-annihilating stupidity in us that allows us to think that it’s OK for leaders to lie and cheat and exploit the masses so long as the leaders share the same region and religion as us. Allah will not change our condition until we purge ourselves of the predilection to ignore home truths, evade uncomfortable facts, dwell in sentimental escapism, and attack purveyors of home truths and uncomfortable facts.
This is a great verse, and I thank Dr. Pantami for bringing it to our attention again.
Shehu, in his response to Kperogi’s post, wrote on Facebook.
The disclosure on Prof. Farooq Kperogi’s wall that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ear treatment in the United Kingdom cost a whopping six million pounds must have shocked many of the respected scholar’s followers.
The story reads like an incredible tale by moonlight that belongs to a different era, which fortunately is now history. That’s when a fortunate lady saved USD15 million for medical treatment!
But was it possible that the account of this balanced journalism teacher was hacked?
I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
Given the austere president we have, Muhammadu Buhari would not have approved this amount if he was shown a six million Pounds bill. I won’t be surprised if the President may have asked if the fat bill was for the purchase of a brand new pair of ears!
I’m prepared to share documents with Farooq, one of the brightest ever produced from the Bayero University Kano (BUK) that the whole treatment, including a follow-up visit by a specialist to Nigeria didn’t cost 50,000 pounds.
For the records, the administration advanced a higher sum, but the President’s doctor returned the balance to the treasury.
Indeed, it’s a New Day, and President Buhari’s change mantra is real. Let no one confuse my fellow countrymen and women.
However, the allegations did not originate from Kperogi. In its publication on June 9, 2016, Vanguard Newspapers said:
A senior lecturer at the department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, Dr. Lukman Saka has criticised the recent trip of president Muhammadu Buhari to United Kingdom for medical treatment on one of his ear problems.
He said that, such money that would be used for that foreign medical trip could have been used to developed the nation’s health infrastructures.
Checks at the presidency claimed that the cost of the trip which includes aviation fuel, accommodation, allowances for aides and medical treatment amounts to about £6 milion.
President Buhari, had on Monday, June 6 proceeded on a 10-day vacation, to ‘rest’ and ‘see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection.’