Buhari’s Generosity To Blind Corper Draws Comment From Atiku
It is good to do good, but sometimes one's good could whip-up some issues and that is what President Muhammadu Buhari's generosity to a corps member has done.
Vanguard had reported that when some members of the National Youth Service Corps visited President Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, on Tuesday, he made a promise to a 28-year-old corps member, Okenala Ahmed, who is visually impaired.
A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Garba Shehu, announcing the gesture, said “President Buhari will undertake the cost of medical care and treatment of Ahmed, who is an Economics NYSC teacher at Government Day Senior Secondary School, Daura".
Ahmed was in joy when he hard the promise and other corps members had joined in his moment of merry.
However, this generosity is coming days after president Buhari returned from London where he spent 10 days in vacation.
Critics have said he also took time to see his doctors and a man aspiring to become Nigeria's next President, Atiku Abubakar, has something to say about this generosity.
The former Vice President, wanted more effort in the healthcare system in Nigeria to reduce medical tourism and ensure that people have access to awesome medical services.
He commended the President for the gesture but also highlighted a few things. Does Atiku think the gesture was political?
"I commend the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, for paying medical bills of a blind corps member 5 months to the 2019 election, but I remind him that if he had invested the public funds he spends on his London medicals on public healthcare, he wouldn’t need to do this," Atiku wrote on his Twitter page.
President Muhammadu Buhari last year spent months in London receiving medical care, an incident that was largely criticised, with many questioning why he took a medical tour abroad when Nigeria's hospitals lie in ruins and need to be upgraded to offer various medical services.
Health and education sectors are two sides of a coin in the budget of the oil-rich nation that have both received less allocation than internationally recommended percentage-share from the total budget.
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