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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

FG: WHY WE WON'T DISCLOSE COST OF BUHARI'S MEDICAL BILL



The Federal Government says it will not succumb to any pressure to disclose expenses for President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical treatment in London.


Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed said demanding information on the president’s medical bill had implications for national security and moral issues.

In comments to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Buhari, Mohammed said, “This matter has come several times and our position on the matter is quite straight forward.

"What are the president's conditions of service? What are his entitlements in terms of his well-being and health care? The state is supposed to take responsibility for these.

"We believe that asking for how much has been spent on the health of the President is an issue that we should weigh very well both for national security and also for moral issues.

"I don't know why we must divulge such very sensitive information. I might be wrong, but I don't have experience elsewhere that the president of any country will be ill and be forced to disclose how much the state has spent on his health.

"Yes, there is Freedom of Information Act, but it is also carved in such a way that when such information is likely to endanger national security, I think it is an area that is not covered."

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