Buhari’s Medical Trip Expenses Too Sensitive –FG
The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said that it would not disclose to Nigerians the medical expenditure of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, saying the information was too sensitive.
It also set up a committee to interface with the National Assembly to mend the seemingly frosty relationship between the executive and the legislature.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) also approved the establishment of the West African Tax Administration Forum and okayed the $500 million Eurobond and also N403 million to procure water supplying vehicles for the Federal Fire Service.
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed these while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja said disclosing the cost of the President’s medical trip would undermine national security.
He also stated that the reconciliatory committee to mend fences with the National Assembly would be headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Mohammed, who was joined at the briefing by the Ministers of Interior, Abdularaam Dambazzua, and Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said membership of the committee would include all the ministers, who were former members of the National Assembly, presidential liaison officers as well as other friendly stakeholders.
The committee, he further explained, would take into consideration all outstanding issues such as the rejection of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu; the face-off arising from non-appearance of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, among others.
On cost of President’s medical trip, he said: “This matter has come several times and our position on the matter is quite straight forward. What are the President’s conditions of service? What are his entitlements in terms of his well-being and healthcare? The state is supposed to take responsibility for these.
“We believe that asking for how much has been spent on the health of the President is an issue that we should weigh very well, both for national security and for moral issues. I don’t know why we must divulge such very sensitive information.