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EXTRA: ‘Wailers’ won’t make Buhari dump his UK doctors, says Lauretta Onochie

EXTRA: ‘Wailers’ won’t make Buhari dump his UK doctors, says Lauretta Onochie
April 07
18:06 2021

Lauretta Onochie, a media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, says the president won’t stop visiting his doctors in the United Kingdom because of the comments of “wailers”.

On March 30, Buhari departed the country for London, UK, for a “routine” medical check-up.

The development did not go down well with some Nigerians who believe that the nation’s health system should have catered to the president’s medical needs if proper attention was given to it.

This is not the first time the president will embark on a medical trip since he assumed office in 2015.


In 2017, the president spent over 150 days in the UK, treating an undisclosed ailment, while in May 2018, he returned to the UK for four days to see his doctor.

Meanwhile, hours after the president departed for London, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) embarked on an indefinite strike over salary arrears and owed allowances, leaving patients in hospitals in the lurch.

Aligning with stance of Garba Shehu, another media aide to the president, Onochie, in a series of tweets on Wednesday, said the president won’t dump his doctors, with whom he had had a relationship dating back over four decades.


The media aide said people around the world usually see their personal doctors once a year, adding that the president will still go for medical check-up in 2022 and 2023 if he chooses.

“Next year, President Muhammadu Buhari will go for a routine checkup. We have been here since 2016. It’s been the same wailing. So, the response will also be the same. At least, once a year, people across the world see their personal doctors, especially one they have seen for about 40 years,” she tweeted.

“President Buhari won’t dump his doctor of about 40 years so that wailers can be happy. That’s blackmail. Thankfully, he doesn’t pay blackmailers. In 2016, I ran from one media house to the other, educating us on [the] psychology of [the] bond between a patient & his/her long-standing doctor.”


1 Comment

  1. Patrotic Nigerian
    Patrotic Nigerian April 09, 06:43

    He is a bad example of a leader. If he can not fix the healthcare sector in his own country he has no right to enjoy the fruits of another country! You are just a paid chalatan.

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