A Nigerian blogger, Farooq Pkperogi had in passing brought to the fore again, the cost of Buhari’s ear treatment in London months ago. He claimed that the President blew 6million pounds on the treatment having read it in a source.
Read him, ”What is more, in direct contradiction to what he promised, Buhari went to London a few months ago to check an ear infection that was already treated in Nigeria “purely as a precaution,” according to his media adviser—less than one month after he issued a policy proclamation that forbids government officials from going on medical treatment abroad.
To boot, he took the presidential air fleet along with him to London, and cost the nation, by some accounts (which haven’t been disproved by the presidency), 6 million pounds. That’s more than the money allocated to all Nigerian hospitals in the current budget! Just for an ear infection! You can’t be luxuriating in the outrageous prodigality of the past and think you can talk to poor, starving people about “change.”
What change? Why should they change when you who promised them change haven’t changed? Why should they change when APC now stands for All Promises Changed? Change should begin with Buhari and other toadies in government, and everybody else will be impelled to follow their footsteps.
For starters, Buhari should make good his promise to sell off the planes in the presidential air fleet. He doesn’t need to set up a “committee” to do that. I don’t hate the Buhari administration. Millions of Nigerians, including me, supported its emergence. I only absolutely detest the administration’s out-and-out hypocrisy and incompetence, and will continue to be on its back until it changes.”
Read Buhari’s spokesperson’s reaction to Professor Fraooq Kperogi’s claim
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says President Muhammadu Buhari spent less than £50,000 (N20.5m) on the treatment of an ear infection in the United Kingdom.
Shehu said this in a Facebook post on Sunday night while responding to an allegation by Prof. Farooq Kperogi that Buhari spent £6m during his treatment in June.
The President’s spokesman said Buhari’s government believed in accountability and curbing waste.
Shehu said the Presidency had approved over £50,000 for the President’s treatment but Buhari rejected it.
He said, “The disclosure on Prof. Farooq Kperogi’s wall that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ear treatment in the United Kingdom cost a whopping £6m must have shocked many of the respected scholar’s followers.
“I’m prepared to share documents with Farooq, one of the brightest ever produced from the Bayero University Kano that the whole treatment, including a follow-up visit by a specialist to Nigeria didn’t cost £50,000.
“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.”
Shehu made an indirect jibe at Dame Patience Jonathan – wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan – who claimed that the $15m found in some company accounts was for her medical treatment.
He added that President Buhari would have rejected the bill if the doctor had charged him £6m.
He added, “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 $15m 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 £6m 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!”
Definitely, the claim that it was only 50,000 Pounds did not take into cognisance the cost of fueling and landing for the presidential jet, claims by the presidential aides who went with the President which would not have to come under the same headings.