The senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce, has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent medical travels to London, United Kingdom, describing him as a “famous health tourist”.
Murray-Bruce made this known in a Facebook post on Thursday in response to a declaration by the Federal Government that the president would be proceeding on a 10-day “vacation” to London.
The senator noted that unlike Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo sought medical attention in Nigeria.
The Herald had reported how Obasanjo earlier in the week visited the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital, in company of Murray-Bruce, for physical examination.
Speaking on Buhari’s vacation scheduled to commence today, Murray-Bruce said, “A few days ago, I was with President Obasanjo in Bayelsa where he went for his medical check-up. That is a leader who believes in Nigeria. That is a leader who loves Nigeria. Meanwhile, I hear that London would soon have a visit from one of her most famous health tourists.”
The presidency had made the announcement of the president’s vacation via Twitter on August 1.
In a series of tweets, a presidential official Twitter handle said, “President @MBuhari begins a 10-working-days holiday from August 3, 2018.
” In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, and the Speaker, House of Representatives to that effect.
“While the President is on vacation, Vice President @ProfOsinbajo will be in acting capacity as President.
”President Buhari will be in London for the holiday.”