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UK Medical Trip: Buhari Legally Right But Morally Wrong – Abaribe

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Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said President Muhammadu Buhari was morally wrong to travel to the UK for medical check-up.

Buhari on Tuesday afternoon, departed the shores of Nigeria for London, the United Kingdom through the Abuja International Airport.

Buhari is not expected back in the country until the second week in April according to an earlier statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina on Monday when he announced the president’s trip to Nigerians.

Recall that in 2017, the president spent over 150 days in the UK, treating an undisclosed ailment, while in May 2018, he returned to the UK for four days to see his doctor.

Speaking on Channels TV on Wednesday,Senator Abaribe (PDP-Abia South) recalled how Buhari criticised medical tourism and  promised not to embark on another foreign medical check-up.

The lawmaker representing stated that COVID-19 was meant to enable the federal government to upgrade medical facilities in the country.

Abaribe said, “Buhari has not done anything wrong in the eyes of the law, he has the right to take care of himself medically but morally he has done everything wrong this was the president that told us that he would never go for check up or trip abroad and condemned the huge amount of money spent on medical tourism before he was elected in 2015.

“But shortly after he lived more abroad than in Nigeria. When COVID -19 pandemic started we were assured that medical facilities in Nigeria will be upgraded and there will be no need of our money spent abroad but we are surprised nothing has changed and he still depends on going abroad for medicals

“One would have expected that the state house clinic would have minimum to do a check-up for him but what can we do we have seen an APC government that says one thing and does another.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.