President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, said travelling abroad for medical treatment “is not good for Nigerians and should be stopped.
Buhari stated this through the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu who represented him at at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for the inauguration and handover of completed projects to the management of the hospital.
“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again,” he said.
Buhari’ statement is likely to draw outrage from Nirgerians who have raised eyebrows about his frequent travels abroad for medical treatment.
On February 5, 2016 the president embarked on a six-day medical vacation to London. Four months later on June 6, he travelled on a 10-day medical vacation. He was said to have gone to seek intervention for his ear infection.
On January 19, 2017, Buhari took off to London again on medical vacation. Less than one month later on February 5, he wrote the National Assembly to extend his London medical leave.
On May 7, 2017, he embarked on a medical trip and was away for 104 days.
On May 8, 2018, Buhari went on another medical vacation which was tagged medical review by the presidency.