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FG reacts to request to provide Buhari's medical expenses in UK

Posted: 30 March, 2017 at 08:00 am
FG reacts to request to provide Buharis medical expenses in UK
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The federal government has responded to call from Nigerians to release the medical expenses of President Muhammadu Buhari during his medical vacation in the UK.

The Punch reports that the minister of information, Mr Lai Mohammed responded to the request after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 29 saying this information would not be released.

The minister said this refusal was on the basis of national security and morals.

He said the Freedom Of Information (FOI) act excluded some situations especially those bordering on national security.

He said: “This matter (the President's medical bill) 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 health care? 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 also for moral issues. I don't know why we must divulge such very sensitive information.

“I might be wrong but I don't have experience else where that the President of any country will be ill and be forced to disclose how much the state has spent on his health.

“Yes, there is Freedom of Information Act but it is also carved in such a way that when such information is likely to endanger national security, I think it is an area that is not covered.”

The president spent 51 days in the UK on an extended medical vacation although he duly handed over to the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

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Nigeria very hard nations...hmmm - kizitosix037@gmail.com
Before nko - Sandra Chinasa
Heheheheheh. Mr. Lie, assuming you a member of certain organization and the chairman of the organization fell sick unexpectedly, he took advantage of his position as the chairman and took money from the orgs' purse for his medical bill, should the members applaud him for not briefing them on the amount he spent? - Lilian Nnedinso
Releasing the details will not change anything....So, I back federal government for not releasing the details - Ibrahimmuhammad0092@gmail.com
Nigerian's need to know, but I don't think that,it is eazy for them to release it. - kizitosix037@gmail.com
We know it costs millions of dollars. Even if you were forced to disclose it, you would probably tell lies to underestimate the burden on the country's resources. - yayahdrs8@gmail.com
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