Nigerians on social media have lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his frequent medical checkups exterior the nation.
These reactions trailed an announcement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, who acknowledged that Buhari can be travelling to London, UK for a medical checkup on Friday.
The report had attracted public outrage with many individuals asking why the President couldn’t construct a normal world-class hospital within the Federal Capital Territory or any a part of Nigeria the place he can go to for medical checkup.
Others described the President’s frequent visits to hospitals overseas as an insult to the medical practitioners in Nigeria, stating that Buhari’s motion will painting native medical practitioners as not skilled sufficient.
Some social media customers additionally alleged that Buhari had spent a lot nationwide sources on assembly his private well being wants.
Below are reactions on social media:
What is going on to Nigeria certified docs and the hospital. This is an insult to the Nigeria Medical Association. They aren’t being valued. What sort of well being problem does Buhari have that may not be deal with in Nigeria? Must he be spending the tax payers cash abroad?
— Godwill Omiunu (@GodwillOmiunu) June 24, 2021
The value of sustaining Baba’s well being can construct 5 world class Universities in Nigeria!
We go hear phrase las las!
— Oluwakorede, MPA (@highlandre1) June 24, 2021
So, in all of the 36 states plus Abuja, no good hospital to hold out his test up?
These individuals is aware of what they’re doing.
He simply contested for presidency to make use of 9ja fund for his remedy.
— Bubaeð ð¬ð (@Bubae12) June 24, 2021
This is the main purpose Buhari grew to become president, in order that he can use our nationwide treasury to handle his medical payments overseas &additionally handle his outdated age.
— J U S T I N Ok A Y C E Eð³ð¬ð¦ðª (@JustinKayceee) June 24, 2021
I’m not a arithmetic nor economist however widespread sense would deduce that each one the cash Buhari et al spent on international medical journeys is sufficient to construct a world class commonplace hospital that may generate income in return.
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— Night Crawler (@engr_asogwa) June 24, 2021
This man grew to become President over six years in the past. Not a single hospital has been constructed by him. Irresponsibility is simply too small a phrase to explain his administration.
— King Davies (@iam_Daposh) June 24, 2021
Nobody from another nation ever comes to make use of Nigerian medical amenities intentionally
If each authorities was like Nigerian govt, we undoubtedly would nonetheless be within the donkey ages by now https://t.co/Swjz36MD6B
— OlorunFeranmi (@oh_Risy) June 25, 2021
In which smart nation does the president must go to a different continent for a medical test up? https://t.co/ufDCl0jd27
— Daniel Abudu. (@unorthodox_dan) June 24, 2021
Facebook consumer, Mal Umar Musa wrote, “The best one in Nigeria is good governance! Tell him to equip our domestic hospital if he really loves Nigerians! Tell him to repair our Refineries and stop all those Oil importation if he really wants Nigeria
This trip would continue to tarnish the image of Nigerian leaders and expose National failure. if he like he can select among the miyatti Allah native doctors.”
Another consumer, Oludare James, posted “This really shows that the current administration has failed beyond repair. How will the president of a country be travelling to another country for medical treatment? You’re saying that the best hospital ever provided by you is not best to take care of your medical issues. And you promised to provide the best health care for your people. Indeed! This administration is a curse to this country.”
Bamidele Akinmusanmi mentioned, ”Will there ever be a day the UK Prime Minister will go to Nigeria for medical check-up, by no means. Nigeria is richer than the UK by way of sources however corruption has introduced her down.”
Another consumer, Gbenga Fabayi mentioned, “This govt doesn’t have shame at all; you leave your country to receive medical… you send your children abroad to receive adequate education and you will be telling Nigeria you spent billions on health & education sector, you politicians that don’t make masses have peace in Nigeria will die in agony.”
Al-Amin Shuaib wrote, “In six years, he has spent extra time overseas on medical journeys than he has at Aso Rock Villa. God forbid!!! Never once more.”
Since he assumed office on May 29, 2015, Buhari has embarked on medical trips abroad at least five times, covering a period of no fewer than 170 days of the five years he had been in power.
The following is a timeline of the President’s trips for medical treatment; on February 5 to 10, 2016, the President took a six-day vacation in the United Kingdom, saying that his doctors lived in England.
Between June 6 and 19, 2016, Buhari went on a 10-day medical trip to England for an ear infection surgery. He extended his trip by three days to rest.
On January 19, 2017, the President was back in London again on a medical vacation.
On February 5, 2017, he wrote to the National Assembly, seeking an extension of his London medical leave. Later on March 10, 2017, Buhari returned to Nigeria but didn’t resume work immediately at Aso Villa.
The Presidency had claimed that “he was working from residence.” On May 7, 2017, Buhari embarked on a trip to London for another medical vacation. He returned after 104 days – the longest he had stayed outside the country.
On August 19, 2017, Buhari returned to Nigeria, and it took him a while to resume work because rats had reportedly damaged furniture in his office.
The Presidency had announced that he would be working from home. On May 8, 2018, Buhari went to London for a four-day “medical assessment.”
On April 26, 2019, Buhari once more left for the UK on a 10-day non-public go to to hunt medical care. He got here again to the nation on May 5.
In 2020, Buhari had not minimised his international medical journeys to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide lockdown and pressure on medical amenities.
Also, from March 30 to April 6 2021, the President launched into one other journey for a routine medical checkup in London.