Pressure is mounting on President Muhammadu Buhari to reveal details of the amount spent on his treatment in London, Punch says.
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), and the Campaign for Democracy, among others, said it had become imperative to release the President’s medical bill in the UK because his administration rode to power on the pedestal of transparency, anti-corruption promise and change and therefore could not afford to hide such information from the public.
Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, had said Buhari spent less than £50,000 (N20.5m) on the treatment of an ear infection in the UK, but didn’t state the exact cost.
However, there are speculations that Buhari might have spent between £200 and £250 per hour for medical services in the UK.
President of the Campaign for Democracy, Bako Usman said, “Whenever you are presiding over a set of people, irrespective of how large or little they are, there is nothing as good as having a very prudent housekeeping. That will add value to your credibility and transparency as regards the leadership role you are playing over such people. With the change mantra, we expect things to be done differently and more transparently. We expect more openness in governance.
“So the President should make available the cost of his medical treatment abroad. Someone advocating for a corrupt free society is supposed to be open. This government’s ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign will be appreciated by the citizens if the President is open and transparent.
“It started as a vacation for 10 days and then extended to two weeks, three weeks and eventually to about 50 days. Nigerians have a right to know much the president spent and he should give Nigerians such information and let there be transparency and openness as regards whatever the administration is doing.”