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Buhari’s foreign medical trip, badge of failure – PDP


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s routine overseas medical check-ups as a badge of failure and failing healthcare system in the country.

Tuesday afternoon, the President had departed Abuja for a two-week medical vacation in London.

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Reacting, the PDP, described as worrisome how President would jet out for medical treatment in well-equipped hospitals abroad, while our hospitals and medical personnel are in very sorry situation.

The party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday said it’s indeed worrisome that under Buhari, even the hitherto highly rated State House Clinic, has become so moribund it cannot provide a simple medical check-up service for the President.

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The statement said: “The PDP is disturbed that while Mr. President jets out for medical treatment in well-equipped hospitals abroad, our hospitals and medical personnel are in very sorry situation, while millions of our compatriots suffer, with many dying on a daily basis from conditions that have simple medical solutions.

“It is indeed heartrending that Nigerians are suffering this huge misfortune of having this highly insensitive, incompetent and corrupt leadership of very selfish individuals who do not care about the welfare of other citizens.

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“More saddening is that all the institutions, policies and programmes established by the PDP, which hitherto ensured access to affordable healthcare for Nigerians have been wrecked by the Buhari administration.”

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