Some Nigerians have criticized the trip to London by President Muhammadu Buhari for medical check-ups saying that the health systemof the country is in shams because of such trips.
The 78 year old Buhari has made several trips to London since he came to power in 2015. Hoeever, the nature of his ailment is unknown to the public. He has sometime ago said in one of his trips that he had “never been so ill” and that he had received several blood transfusions.
His frequent visits for medical treatment have been one of the issues critics question the transparency of his government.
His latest tirp to London will last for two weeks. In a statement released by his special assistant on media, Garba Shehu, the president is expected back to Nigeria in the middle of April.
“He is due back in the country during the second week of April,” his office said in a statement.
In a statement released by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the trip, saying it was an indication that Nigeria’s healthcare system had failed. “It is indeed worrisome that under President Buhari, even the hitherto highly rated State House Clinic, has become so moribund that it cannot provide a simple medical checkup service for Mr President,”
PDP further said Buhari’s frequent trips were milking Nigeria’s treasury. “The PDP is disturbed that while Mr. President jets out for medical treatment in well-equipped hospitals abroad, our hospitals and medical personnel are in very sorry situation while millions of our compatriots suffer.”
Omoyele Sowore, an activist hinted that some in the Nigerian diaspora were planning protests in London against the president’s visit.
“We are totally appalled by it. He goes to London at the slightest provocation even when he has a headache.”
It could be recalled that the latest London trip came just hours before a threatened strike by doctors in government hospitals over pay and inadequate facilities.
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, died in 2010 and it emerged that his ailment had been kept secret for months.
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