Mallam Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, has issued statement debunking statement that President Muhammadu Buhari spent 6 million pounds on his ear treatment in June. The statement went viral after NEWISSUES reported Professor Farooq Kperogi’s response to Dr. Isa Ali Pantami who quoted the Qur’an to buttress President Buhari’s #ChangeBeginWithYou campaign. The president’s spokesman wrote:
In Response to Prof. Farooq Kperogi
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.
In response Professor Farooq Kperogi directed Mallam Garba Shehu’s attention to an article published in Vanguard news of 9th June, 2016, titled “Don faults Buhari on £6m foreign medical trip”, in which a senior lecturer at the department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, Dr. Lukman Saka has criticised the 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 £6milion.