Buhari "Kyari paid his medicals, taxi and accommodation in U.K" - Presidency

Buhari's spokesman said Kyari pays for his medicals, his taxi and accommodation in the U.K in spite of the high office he occupies.

  • Published:
Abba Kyari play

Abba Kyari, President Buhari's chief of staff

24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The presidency has reacted an allegation that the Nigeria High Commission in London catered for the medical bill of Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

SaharaReporters, an online news platform had said Kyari’s medical bill was picked up by the Nigerian envoy in the UK when he was treated at Wellington Hospital, St. John’s Wood, London, in December 2016.

It was further reported that Adah Simon Ogah, Nigeria’s acting High Commissioner, had signed a letter confirming the embassy's preparedness to foot the medical bill of the Chief of Staff.

Buhari has brought millions out of poverty - Abba Kyari play

President Muhammadu Buhari and Abba Kyari

(SaharaReporters)

 

But President Buhari's spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday, January 9, 2016, described the report as totally incorrect, misleading and a fabrication.

Shehu further noted that Kyari pays for his medicals, his taxi and accommodation in the U.K in spite of the high office he occupies.

Buhari's spokesman further that the document published by SaharaReporters only served as Letter of Guarantee for Kyari since he did not have a UK National Health Insurance.

According to Shehu, the letter role of the High Commission didn't involve financial commitments on behalf of Kyari.

The statement reads:

"The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, did not use the funds of the Nigeria High Commission in London to pay his medical bills during his recent visit for emergency medical treatment. The allegations contained in a report published by an online news medium, are totally incorrect, misleading and a fabrication.

"The Nigeria High Commission in London did not at any time ever settle the medical bills or any other bills for that matter as Abba Kyari personally took responsibility for paying his own bills. This is by the Chief of Staff's choice. He pays for his medicals, his taxi and accommodation in the U.K in spite of the high office he occupies, even when there is no rule that says he cannot be catered for by the government.

ALSO READ: Abba Kyari: Buhari's Chief of Staff battling diabetes abroad

"For the records, Kyari was rushed out of Nigeria for an emergency medical treatment on the fateful December 1, 2016. To receive him on arrival, the Wellington Hospital needed to have cash deposited, or in the absence of this, a letter of guarantee.

"In order to meet this condition, the Nigeria High Commission in London wrote the Letter of Guarantee to the hospital for treatment to commence. The role of the High Commission didn't involve financial commitments on behalf of Kyari.

"The Letter of Guarantee from the High Commission was meant to meet the routine requirements of the Wellington Hospital since the patient in question (Kyari) didn't possess the UK National Health Insurance.

"Apart from senior government officials, other reputable Nigerians are issued with such guarantee letters to hospitals. A guarantor is not liable unless there is a default, but this wasn't the case with Abba Kyari who paid all his medical bills by himself as he had done on previous occasions.

"Hospital records are available for verification to show that the Nigeria High Commission in London didn't spend a penny on Kyari, as its involvement didn't go beyond the issuance of the letter of guarantee to the Wellington Hospital.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.