Nigerian Senate on Thursday issued an instruction to State House Officials that henceforth, President Muhammadu Buhari should be stopped from embarking on foreign trips for medical attention.
According to the Senate, rather than allow President Buhari to jet out to seek medical attention and treatment, the government and state house officials should this year, put the State House Clinic in order for such purposes.
The instruction was given by the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs, led by Senator Danjuma La’ah when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.
In its presentation, the State House official gave a budget of N19.7billion for 2021, out of which N1.3billion was proposed for the State House Clinic.
In his reaction to the budget estimates, the Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah explained that though the committee would approve the budget for the State House Clinic, but that President and other top officials of his government should no longer be flown abroad for medical treatment.
Speaking with Journalists after defending his budget, the Permanent Secretary promised to put necessary arrangements in place to meet to medical needs of the President and other top officials once the budget was approved.