The Presidency on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari did not violate any rule in the treatment of his ear infection because he was treated by Nigerian medical experts in the country. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated this in an interview with Tori.
He was reacting to reports making the rounds that by traveling to London, Buhari violated the Federal Government’s rule that says that government officials will not be paid for foreign medical treatment, unless the case cannot be treated in Nigeria.
Adesina referred correspondents to the statement he issued on Sunday about the President’s 10-day vacation.
He explained that Buhari did not go to London for treatment but to rest.
He said the President had been treated in Nigeria and would only seize the opportunity of his trip to carry out further evaluation.
“You can check the statement we issued on Sunday again. The President did not go to London for treatment.
“We made it clear in that statement that he had been treated in Nigeria here. The medical experts here only told him that since he will be in London, he can seize that opportunity for evaluation.
“The President has not broken any rule.”
The statement issued on Sunday read, “President Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London from Monday June 6th, to rest.
“During the holiday, the President will see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection.
“The President was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated.
“Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.”