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Momoh Blasts Critics Of President Buhari’s Medical Trip

Posted: Jun 8, 2016 at 4:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos Chief Tony Momoh , a former  Minister  of Information has faulted those critcising President Muhammadu Buhari  over his 10- days trip abroad to treat an ear infection.

Some Nigerians, which include Comrade Ayodele Akele, National Secretary of the National Conscience Party (NCP) and Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele have expressed disappointment at the trip which they described as medical tourism.

They argued that the president should have shown leadership by example by getting treatment at home. However, speaking in a chat with Independent, Momoh, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said the president is not going abroad to rest and not to be admitted in hospital.

According to him,  the president has been receiving treatment locally but his doctors advised him to maximise the holiday by seeking further medical assistance. Momoh said President Buhari has fulfilled constitutional requirements by writing to the National Assembly and handing over to the  Vice- President, Yemi Osinbajo.

“What will anybody gain by saying that the president should show good example by getting treatment at home? The president said he has been receiving treatment locally and that he is going on holiday.

He said he is not going to hospital abroad but he is going to rest.  Is that not what he said?”. “People should learn to comment on facts and not on opinions. Facts were supplied. He is going to rest for 10 days. He has written to the National Assembly.

He has handed over to the Vice- President. Nigerians saw him on television walking to the plane, waving to everybody because he is going on holiday” . “He didn’t say he is going to hospital. Anybody who is sick obviously will be rushed abroad in  an ambulance.

What is wrong with some people? They said he should have looked for people locally to treat him. He has a specialist doctor. They have been attending to him here. Now that he is going abroad to rest, the doctors advised him to seek further medical assistance” . “Is it because he (Buhari) informed Nigerians? He may have decided to go and nobody will know anything. I think we are carrying democracy too far” he said.