In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 25th, August, 2020

‘Hypocrite President’ – Buhari Blasted For Permitting Aisha Go On Medical Journey Overseas Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

'Hypocrite President' - Buhari Blasted For Allowing Aisha Go On Medical Trip Abroad Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

 

Human Rights Writers Affiliation Of Nigeria, HURIWA, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for permitting his spouse and members of his internal caucus to embark on medical journeys overseas, even when their is worldwide restriction on account of the outbreak of coronavirus.

 

In line with the rights group, the President Muhammadu Buhari authorities has proven no curiosity into investing massively in reviving the moribund well being sector regardless of the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

However, as a substitute has given cross to favoured appointees and members of his household to tour overseas on medical tourism on the detriment of the lots.

The group identified that annual budgetary allocation of the State Home Clinic is much more than what’s allotted to every of the 16 main instructing hospitals throughout the nation with over a complete of N13.59 billion having reportedly been budgeted for it because the administration got here into being.

 

“A breakdown of the overall budgetary provisions inside this era confirmed that N3.94 billion, N3.87 billion and N3.20 billion had been budgeted in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. Whereas in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the budgetary provisions dropped to N1.03 billion, N823.44 million and N723 million respectively,” HURIWA mentioned in an announcement to DAILY POST on Tuesday by its Nationwide Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

“Regardless of these enormous allocations it receives, the Clinic has left extra to be desired as these the ability is supposed to serve are nonetheless spending tens of millions of taxpayers’ cash to hunt remedy in different personal amenities inside and outdoors the nation on well being issues that may very well be properly managed right here within the nation, but no panel of investigation has been set as much as examine the scandals and allegations of corruptions oozing out from there whilst a bulk of the allegation had come from members of the primary household.

“In 2017, the spouse of the President; Aisha Buhari had attacked the administration of the State Home Clinic over poor gear and non-availability of medicine. This assault by the Spouse of the President had adopted the sooner criticism by her daughter; Zara Buhari, who took to considered one of her social media accounts to criticise the Everlasting Secretary of the State Home; Jalal Arabi, for his lack of ability to supply even Paracetamol tablets to the clinic regardless of a price range of N3 billion for the availability of medicine to the hospital.

“Though in October 2017, the Home of Representatives mentioned it might examine the “deplorable situation” of the State Home Clinic however until date the end result of that inquiry stays unknown.

“Once more, President Buhari within the construct as much as his election in 2015, had on his marketing campaign path, itemized the abolition of medical tourism as considered one of his key aims in authorities.

“Though his administration officers vowed to place an finish to the follow, Buhari has been Nigeria’s most distinguished medical vacationer. He has visited the UK for a minimum of 5 medical journeys since changing into president, together with an prolonged keep of greater than 5 months in 2017.

“In line with the calculations made in one of many editions of Saturday Punch Newspaper, within the first three years of his first tenure from Might 2015 to Might 2019, President Buhari was outdoors the nation for a mixed 404 days (one yr and 39 days) in 33 nations.

“In 2016, President Buhari spent a complete of 17 days in a London hospital treating an undisclosed ailment. Shortly after that, in 2017, he reportedly spent a complete of 152 days in London on medical trip when he grew to become inaccessible, aside from just a few politicians. He equally made frequent journeys to the UK on ‘personal visits’ believed to be for medical causes. On Might eight, 2018, he once more launched into a six-day medical trip to London.

“Extra worrisome is that the medical therapies of the President are nonetheless an official secret as Nigerians are usually not informed how a lot of their money has been deployed for the medical therapies of the President for months.

“Other than the Nigerian President, his son; Yusuf, in December 2017 was flown to Germany after struggling accidents from a motorcycle accident in Abuja. These journeys had been embarked upon regardless of an enormous sum of above N10bn allocation to the State Home Clinic from 2015 to 2018.

“In a latest growth, the Spouse of the President; Aisha Buhari, and a Nephew and shut confidant of the President defied the lockdown and the shutdown of airports to gallivant throughout UK and Dubai for the so referred to as medical tourism.

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“As well as, if he’s spending his cash how is it that the Presidency is being quoted by newspapers to be saying Mamman Daura isn’t in poor health and the telephone conversations are being proven to Nigerians by means of the instrumentality of the publicly funded media workplace of the President?

“That of the primary girl is extra surprising as a result of she was mentioned to have neck pains and that was the explanation for deploying a presidential jet to jet off to Dubai for weeks at public prices.

“HURIWA is happy and certainly completely satisfied that God was on our aspect to have stopped an unforeseeable air catastrophe from ever occurring following the reported incidents with the homebound Presidential jet in reference to the climate, however to convey the concept that the First Woman needed to fly out to deal with neck ache is to inform the World that the Nigerian well being sector has completely collapsed. That is unhappy and unlucky,” he mentioned.

The human rights group demanded that “This penchant of presidency officers and people near the hall of energy jetting overseas to obtain medical take care of undisclosed illnesses whilst the remainder of the inhabitants depends on an underfunded and overworked public healthcare system has been the bane of our well being sector and the financial system has been worse hit for it.

“The issues related to the poor healthcare system additionally indict the governors of the 36 states as a result of in these states, there are just about no useful well being centres to take care of the residents. Nevertheless, the pathetic scenario afflicting the State Home Clinic is much more disturbing.

“The expenditures of the launched budgetary funds for the State Home Clinic through the years have to be investigated along with a complete audit of the spending on the State Home Clinic and the well being sector within the nation.

“It’s unjustifiable that the State Home Clinic can be guzzling billions of taxpayers’ cash and people the ability is supposed to serve would nonetheless be spending tens of millions to hunt remedy in different personal amenities inside and outdoors the nation.

“If the N13bn budgetary allocations through the years have been truly used for the State Home Clinic, the scenario would have been completely different and identical utilized to the overall well being sector within the nation

“Subsequently, the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari in establishing a panel to research the scandals that’s occurring on the State Home Clinic is a deviation from the cardinal trails of a authorities who rode to energy on the mantra of integrity.

“It is because clearly there are problems with corruption as alleged by Aisha Buhari, which is the easy rationalization for the frequent medical tourism by the primary household and their cronies.

“Whether or not the Presidential Officers are individuals of integrity is an enormous query, however how would one classify the integrity of a authorities that has been in place for 5 years however until date the President and different authorities officers embark on a number of journeys overseas; lots of them enveloped to seem like official travels when in truth they’re for medical causes?

“We demand to know what the $three.4bn World Financial institution mortgage on covid-19 has been used for. We condemn the truth that until date the Covid-19 pandemic, which allegedly claimed the lifetime of the highly effective former Chief of Workers to the President; Abba Kyari and different high political workplace holders isn’t robust sufficient to help in confronting not solely the State Home Corruption, but additionally compelling the federal government to take a position massively in reviving the moribund well being sector.

“We’re strongly upset that Common Sani Abacha who’s abused as a thief may construct a number of Federal Medical Centres and his spouse constructed the Nationwide Hospital in Abuja however but this authorities has been in energy for 5 years and has constructed no single tertiary Medical Centre of reputation in any a part of Nigeria however the officers frequent international jurisdictions for medical therapies. This can be a monumental disgrace on this authorities.

“That is maybe the time to declare a state of emergency to rework the nation’s well being amenities to convey them on top of things with the 21st century.

“As such, the time for the federal government to champion the whole overhaul of the well being sector by instituting and implementing the mandatory reforms to rework the sector.”

 

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Recall that Nigerians had some days in the past taken to Twitte to berate the President’s spouse calling her and the president hypocrites over the matter.

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