Main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the routine overseas medical checkup embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘direct indictment of his Presidency over its failure to fix our healthcare system, which has been wrecked by his administration.’
The party was reacting, Wednesday, to the announcement by the Presidency, Tuesday, that Buhari has proceeded to the United Kingdom for a ‘routine medical check-up.’
According to President Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, his principal will be out of the country for two and ‘is due back in the country during the second week of April, 2021.’
However, the PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed worry ‘that under President Buhari, even the hitherto highly rated State House Clinic, has become so moribund that it cannot provide a simple medical checkup service for Mr. President.’
“While the PDP has nothing against where any person, including President Buhari, seeks his or her medical services, our party is worried that the Buhari Presidency is taking no decisive steps to fix our health care system, ostensibly because Mr. President can afford overseas medical treatment at tax payers’ expense.
“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 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.
“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.
“Our party urges President Buhari to show leadership by reflecting on the fact that millions of Nigerians cannot afford overseas treatment and have become despondent by his failure to take decisive steps to address our national healthcare needs, the party statement read.