Lai Mohammed Explains President Buhari’s Choice Of UK Hospital

President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Lai Mohammed

By Oladipupo Mojeed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has explained the reason behind the choice of UK hospital for President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical attention.

According to the minister, the reason was that the president needed the best medication, hence his reason to travel overseas.

Mohammed stated this when he featured on a live radio programme titled, ‘Morning Crossfire’, on Nigeria Info, Abuja, 95.1FM, on Thursday.

During the phone-in programme, an angry caller had slammed the All Progressives Congress-led government for going back on its promise to bar public officials from travelling abroad for medical treatment at the expense of taxpayers.

Reacting to that, Mohammed said, “My answer is very simple. Mr President is our father, he is the leader of the nation and I think he deserves the best in terms of medical treatment.”

Flouting court orders

When asked why the Buhari-led government was flouting court orders regarding the release of some detained politically exposed persons, Mohammed said, “If it is a court order and the order is not appealed, then you have flouted the order.

“But if the order is appealed, then it is not a final order. Also, you have to balance national security with the rule of law. In the case of Ifeanyi Ubah, I think it is neither here nor there.”

Cost of food

Another caller commended the Federal Government for its achievements but lamented the high cost of food prices, especially rice.

Responding, the minister said, “The truth of the matter is that in 2015, this government imported 580,000MT of rice. We cut it down to 58,000MT in 2016 and we have saved about $200m in the process.

“Yes, we understand the cost of rice is still high but we are going to intervene through price-fixing by subsidising the cost of transportation,” he said.

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