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Buhari President spent less than N20M on treatment of ear infection - Presidency

Buhari travelled to London to see a specialist for the treatment of the infection in June.

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President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has said that the president spent less than £50,000 (N20.5m) to treat an ear infection in the United Kingdom.

Buhari travelled to London to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist for the treatment of the infection in June.

Shehu made the comment on Sunday, September 18, after it was alleged that the president spent £6 million on medical expenses.

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Mallam Garba Shehu

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“The disclosure on Prof. Farooq Kperogi’s wall that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ear treatment in the United Kingdom cost a whopping £6m must have shocked many of the respected scholar’s followers,” Shehu said via Facebook.

“I’m prepared to share documents with Farooq, one of the brightest ever produced from the Bayero University Kano that the whole treatment, including a follow-up visit by a specialist to Nigeria didn’t cost £50,000.

“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.

“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! But was it possible that the account of this balanced journalism teacher was hacked? I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

“Given the austere President we have, Muhammadu Buhari would not have approved this amount if he was shown a £6m bill. I won’t be surprised if the President may have asked if the fat bill was for the purchase of a brand new pair of ears!” he added.

Shehu was making reference to claims by former first lady, Patience Jonathan that $15 million traced to her was meant for medical bills.

ALSO READ: Commonwealth doctors condemn Buhari’s trip abroad

Meanwhile, Mrs Jonathan is suing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for freezing her accounts.

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