President Muhammadu Buhari did not break any rule by traveling out of the country as he was on holiday not on a medical trip to treat an ear infection, says the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Adesina, who said this in an interview with Punch, noted that the President was first treated by medical experts in the country before they recommended for him to travel.
The President has been accused of violating a federal government rule that says government functionaries will not be paid if they travel abroad for medical treatment, unless the illness cannot be treated within the country.
Adesina had in a statement issued on Sunday pointed out that the Buhari’s “Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.”
“You can check the statement we issued on Sunday again. The President did not go to London for treatment”, he said.
“We made it clear in that statement that he had been treated in Nigeria here.”
“The medical experts here only told him that since he will be in London, he can seize that opportunity for evaluation. The President has not broken any rule.”