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Buhari dispatches SGF with a message to ailing Ekwueme in London



President Muhammadu Buhari sent the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, with a “goodwill message” to ailing former vice-president Alex Ekwueme in London where he is currently receiving medical attention, the Presidency has revealed.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.

Although Shehu did not disclose when Mustapha visited, he said the SGF arrived London before Ekwueme whom he said was flown abroad in “a critical condition.”

He said Mustapha conveyed Buhari’s “goodwill message” to Ekwueme during the visit.

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The statement read, “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s goodwill message to former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme in a London hospital.

“Upon approval by President Buhari, Dr Ekwueme was rushed to the hospital in an air ambulance in what was described as a critical condition.

“The SGF, who was in London before Dr Ekwueme’s arrival, was received by his spouse, Mrs Helen Ekwueme on behalf of the Ekwueme family.

“Mr. Mustapha told the Ekwueme family that the President and all Nigerians are praying for the speedy recovery of the elder statesman, adding that he believed that the doctors were doing their best.”

Meanwhile it was learnt that the Federal Government has said it will not bear the cost of the former vice president’s treatment.

This is contrary to an earlier promise that it would bear the full cost of treatment and transportation of the elder statesman to a hospital in London.

It may have however referred the issue to the Anambra State government where Ekwueme hails from.

Angry members of the Ekwueme family were said to have stated that the federal government under the Buhari administration has not paid his entitlements since it came to power.


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