One of President Buhari’s media advisers, Femi Adesina, has said he has no idea who is bankrolling the president’s medical treatment in London. Mr. Adesina, however, acknowledged that as a president, Buhari’s medical bill can be footed by Nigeria.
“I do not know who is paying, but as a president, he has a right to be treated by the country,” Adesina, who is Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, told Channels TV on Monday night.
President Buhari has been in the UK since May 7 getting treatment for an undisclosed ailment, the second stretch he has spent in the U.K. this year, prompting calls for transparency, full disclosure, and in some cases, his resignation. His first round of treatment saw him out of Nigeria from January 19 to March 10.
Upon his return at the time, he acknowledged that he was very ill, telling his cabinet members that “I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man.” He also said he had “blood transfusions, going to the laboratories and so on and so forth”.
Mr. Adesina, who was among President Buhari’s media aides that visited him at the Abuja House in London on Saturday along with the Informtion Minister, said he still did not know the true nature of his ailment. The president, he said, offered no explanation either.
He, however, insisted that the 74-year old Nigerian leader “had mended considerably.” He also said his Saturday meeting with the Buhari was the first time he would either see or speak with him since May 7 when he left the country.
However, Mr. Adesina’s lack of knowledge of the state of affairs with his principal raises more questions than answers, chief of which is, if the president’s media team are unaware of his condition, then how can Nigerians trust the information that they give us?