By Dipo Olowookere
The presidency has reacted to reports in the media that President Muhammadu Buhari spent £6 million to treat an ear infection in the United Kingdom in June 2016.
Spokesman to the President, Mr Garba Shehu, in a Facebook post, said the purported allegation by Prof Farooq Kperogi was totally untrue.
In the post titled ‘In Response to Prof Farooq Kperogi’, Mr Shehu said 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 USD15 million for medical treatment!”
He rhetorically asked, “But was it possible that the account of this balanced journalism teacher was hacked?”
Mr Shehu explained that, “Given the austere president we have, Muhammadu Buhari would not have approved this amount if he was shown a six million Pounds 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!
“I’m prepared to share documents with Farooq, one of the brightest ever produced from the Bayero University Kano (BUK) that the whole treatment, including a follow-up visit by a specialist to Nigeria didn’t cost 50,000 pounds.”
The presidency said “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.”