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Nigeria’s ‘Sharia President’ shames the nation


Nigerian president Gen. Mahammadu Buhari, who was declared Sharia General by the Organized Jewry for his tough stand against corruption and immoral activities, is under fire for going to London for his ear-infection treatment (here).

A medical expert, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, who underwent a successful surgical operation for his ear infection in Nigeria earlier this year, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to seek treatment for his persistent ear infection at a London hospital despite the presence of over 250 ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists in the country and a National Ear Centre in Kaduna State.

In an open letter to the president, Mr. Enabulele described his president’s decision to go on a 10-day medical vacation to London as a mockery of the change mantra of his administration and that of the professional competence of Nigerian doctors.

I am very constrained to state that this foreign medical trip flies in the face of the federal government’s earlier declaration of her resolve to halt the embarrassing phenomenon of outward medical tourism, which by the end of the year 2013, has led to a humongous capital flight of about $1 billion, particularly from expenses incurred by political and public office holders and their accompanying aides, whose foreign medical trips, most of which are unnecessary, were financed with tax payers’ resources,” he emphasized.

If the former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, could patronize Nigerian-trained medical experts and medical facilities here in Nigeria when he unfortunately suffered a fractured femur following a road traffic accident in 2013, I see no reason why in 2016, Mr. President could not have stayed back in Nigeria to attend to his ear infection,” Mr. Enabulele contended.

The medical expert claimed that most public and political office holders who seek foreign medical care are treated by Nigerian-trained doctors, particularly in the United Kingdom, which has over 3000 Nigerian-trained medical doctors, and the United States of America, with over 5000. Most of these foreign-based doctors, Enabulele added, relocated abroad because of the government’s repeated failure to address the various factors that make the local environment difficult to work in.

Interestingly, Buhari was in London early last month to attend a major anti-corruption conference sponsored by UK’s prime minister David Cameron which was also attended by John Kerry. Ahead of the talks, David Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth II that the leaders of some “fantastically corrupt” countries were attending, adding that Nigeria and Afghanistan were “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world“. A spokesman for Buhari said the comments were “embarrassing” and reflected “an old snapshot of Nigeria.”