Travel restriction: Buhari most affected politicians visiting UK for medical tourism, says Deji Adeyanju


Concerned Nigerians activist Deji Adeyanju said medical tourists to the UK, including the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), would be most affected by the travel restrictions imposed on Nigeria by the United Kingdom. Britain.

He said so in a conversation with The punch, adding that the travel restriction imposed by Boris Johnson’s administration, as well as other countries, was unfounded as there was no need to panic.

Britain on Saturday banned Nigerian travelers after saying it discovered 21 cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in people who recently visited Nigeria, saying the measure was a temporary measure to protect its public health.

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed later said the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 would respond to the travel restriction, calling the measure discriminatory, even though Nigeria’s High Commissioner in the UK, Sharafa Ishola called the restriction apartheid. .

Addressing our correspondent, Adeyanju said: “The people who will be most affected are not just the bourgeoisie – the leaders – but the real people; so many people travel to these destinations for Christmas.

“I think Nigerians will be the most affected by these policies. Some of the people who travel for medical tourism among the political elite, like the President who is a perpetual visitor to the UK, will be affected, but Nigerians will be the most affected by this action. ”

In recent years, the UK has become a destination of choice for the Nigerian elite, including the President; and the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; who frequent London for medical tourism as perpetual industrial actions, lack of modern equipment, government non-payment of doctors’ salaries, among others, disrupt Nigeria’s healthcare industry.

In 2021, Buhari had traveled to London for a medical examination on several occasions and had passed a total of more than 200 days of medical leave in the United Kingdom since the start of his regime on May 29, 2015.

Despite Buhari’s preference for foreign medical care, the Federal Ministry of Health has consumed a total of 2.3 billion naira from 2016 to date, while the State House Medical Center has received 6.2 billion naira, according to the respective appropriation laws available on the website of the Federation Budget Office.

The Presidential Clinic accommodates the President, Vice President, their families and staff members of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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