President Muhammadu Buhari in June 2016 spent £50,000 equivalent to N20.5m to treat a persistent ear infection at a UK hospital, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said.
Shehu was responding to allegation purportedly from a Nigerian Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at the Kennesaw state university in the U.S, Prof. Farooq Kperogi, that a whopping six million pounds was expended on the President’s ear treatment.
Mallam Garba Shehu, who made the Presidency’s position known via his Facebook page and seen by Daily Correspondents, claimed that Buhari only spent N20.5 million on treatment and not six million pounds as alleged.
“For the records, the administration advanced a higher sum, but the President’s doctor returned the balance to the treasury.
“Indeed, it’s a New Day, and President Buhari’s change mantra is real. Let no one confuse my fellow countrymen and women,” Shehu’s post read in part.
However, Prof. Farooq Kperogi has already taken to his social media account on Facebook to deny that the report emanated from him, but instead pointed accusing finger at a news agency, Vanguard, as source of the story.
Meanwhile, in addition to lambasting Kperogi, Shehu went further to take a swipe at former First Lady Patience Jonathan following statements that claimed that $15 million found in her bank accounts had been set aside for medical bills.
“The story reads like an incredible tale by moonlight that belongs to a different era, which fortunately is now history. That’s when a fortunate lady saved $15m for medical treatment!” exclaimed Shehu.