Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Buhari is under no obligation to tell anyone his ailment - Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s president is under no obligation to disclose his medical condition even if the state is the one paying for his medical bills, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said.
 Muhammadu Buhari has spent the larger part of this year in London sparking speculation about his fitness to govern — and also questions about who was footing the bill.

Claims from political opponents that he had prostate cancer have been denied but civil society groups still want to know whether tax-payers’ money was used for the private treatment. 
Buhari’s information minister suggested the silence was not unusual, just hours after the president returned to Abuja from another round of check-ups in the British capital. 
“It’s not strange at all for a sitting president to be ill and it’s not strange either for the state to take care of his medical bill,” Lai Mohammed told AFP in an interview, without elaborating. 
“I think there’s so much speculation as to what he’s been treated for. 
“I think we would rather respect his privacy. If Mr President feels like telling the world his ailment, so be it. I don’t think he’s under an obligation to tell anyone.” 
The government last week formally proscribed the main separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), after repeated clashes with the security services. 
IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is currently on bail pending the resumption of his trial in Abuja next month on charges of treasonable felony. 
Kanu’s supporters say he has not been seen since the unrest. 
Mohammed, who said the group had been banned because it had “crossed a line” from legal protest, said he suspected the separatist leader was “in hiding”. 
He added: “He’s not being held by government at all.”

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