Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is unimpressed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to pay the medical bills of a blind corps member, Okenala Ahmed.
Atiku made his feelings on the president’s gesture known in a Thursday morning tweet via his verified Twitter handle.
Recall that the presidency in a Wednesday statement disclosed that Buhari would take over the payment of the medical expenses of Ahmed, a 28-year-old graduate of Insurance from the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State.
Ahmed is currently undergoing his service year in the president’s hometown, Daura in Katsina State.
“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,” the presidential statement read in part.
But reacting to the gesture, Atiku said the funds expended during the course of the president’s frequent medical trips abroad could have been better utilised to improve public health infrastructure in the country.
He said, “I commend 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.”
I commend @NGRPresident @MBuhari 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.https://t.co/eKmy0KoERm
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 23, 2018
The ex-vice president has made known his decision to vie for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to challenge Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.