Human Rights

Presidency debunks reports on Chief of Staff’s treatment abroad

The Presidency has denied reports in some quarters that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari used funds of the Nigerian High Commission in London for medical treatment.

In a statement, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu read in part: The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, did not use the funds of the Nigeria High Commission in London to pay his medical bills during his recent visit

for emergency medical treatment.

Garba explained that the allegations contained in a report published by an online news medium, were totally incorrect, misleading and a fabrication.

He added in the statement that the Nigeria High Commission in London did not at any time settle the medical bills or any other bills for the Chief of Staff, as Mr Kyari personally took responsibility for paying his own bills.

This is by the Chief of Staff’s choice. He pays for his medicals, taxi and accommodation in the U.K in spite of the high office he occupies, even when there is no rule that says he cannot be catered for by government, another part of the statement read.

Garba Shehu explained that Mr Kyari was rushed out of Nigeria for emergency medical treatment on December 1, 2016. To receive him on arrival, the Wellington Hospital needed to have cash deposited, or in the absence of this, a letter of guarantee.

Adding that in order to meet this condition, the Nigeria High Commission in London wrote the Letter of Guarantee to the hospital for treatment to commence. The role of the High Commission didn’t involve financial commitments on behalf of Kyari.

He concluded that apart from senior government officials, other reputable Nigerians were issued with such guarantee letters to hospitals.

Source: Voice of Nigeria