- Lai Mohammed says information regarding President Buhari’s medical expenses cannot be made public;
- He says this is on the basis of national security and morals;
The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that on the basis of national security and morals, information regarding the medical expenses of President Muhammadu Buhari during his medical vacation in the UK will not be made public.
Lai Mohammed made this known after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 29 noting that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act excluded some situations when certain information may not be divulged to the public especially those bordering on national security.
He said: “This matter (the President’s medical bill) has come several times and our position on the matter is quite straight forward. What are the President’s conditions of service? What are his entitlements in terms of his well-being and health care? The state is supposed to take responsibility for these.
“We believe that asking for how much has been spent on the health of the President is an issue that we should weigh very well both for national security and also for moral issues. I don’t know why we must divulge such very sensitive information.
“I might be wrong but I don’t have experience elsewhere that the President of any country will be ill and be forced to disclose how much the state has spent on his health. Yes, there is Freedom of Information Act but it is also carved in such a way that when such information is likely to endanger national security, I think it is an area that is not covered.” He said.