The Presidency says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is not a medical tourist despite his medical trip to London on Tuesday.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Tuesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.
The President left the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, for London on Tuesday afternoon and is expected back in the country by the second week in April after his medical check-up in Britain.
Buhari has been criticised for his medical trips abroad despite the huge amount allocated to the Aso Rock clinic annually.
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But speaking on the programme on Tuesday, Shehu said, “I think there is a misconception of the President’s trip seen in the context of medical tourism. President Buhari is not a medical tourist.
“If someone has kept retainership with medical experts, you are talking about 30 years and plus to examine you and they give you a pass. Would you be changing your doctors every other year because there is a chance that the distance will be shortened? No. I think that the President is wise and quite correct in his decision that he retains some set of doctors who have insured good health for himself.”