Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adeshina, has said that the President never made a promise to Nigerians in 2015, that he would not travel abroad for medical treatment if elected.
Adeshina disclosed this while speaking as a guest on Focus Nigeria, a programme aired on Africa Independent Television (AIT).
The Spokesman of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Bolaji Abdullahi, who appeared alongside Adeshina, also said that the much-talked-about promise allegedly made by the President was false.
“I was the Deputy Director of the Policy Directorate of the Campaign. I was there from the beginning to the end. So many people came to join the group, some from even outside the country.
Then one day, we were in a meeting and one gentleman who heads one of the international NGOs in the country brought this list of 100 items that he was proposing that we should push out as the promise of Mr President to Nigerians. We circulated and asked everyone to study it and come back the following day so that we look at which ones we can own and which ones we need to reject.
I remember that Number 1 on that list was to make the President say that ‘When I become President, I will not travel abroad for medical treatment. And I remember we rejected that immediately, because we said we didn’t know what this man was dealing with; we didn’t know who his doctors had been, how could we say this for him? But you know what happened? One of us in the group just released the document.”
Backing Abdullahi’s claim, Adeshina said:
“I can confirm that even the President himself, who was a candidate then, was not aware. The very week I resumed this assignment, I raised some things with the President.
I said, this and this and this were promised, and the President said ‘When did I promise these things?’ I said ‘There is a document titled ‘100 things Buhari will do in 100 days’.’ He never knew about that document.
He had to ask people to fetch that document for him, and it was the first time he was seeing it. So there were promises that people made during the campaign on his behalf.”
Furthermore, Adeshina blamed the past Administrations of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the poor state of healthcare in the country. He said that this was a major contributor to why the President took medical trips abroad.