We spent less than N20.5m to treat Buhari’s ear infection – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has revealed that the presidency spent less than £50,000 (N20.5m) on the treatment of an ear infection of President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom.


Shehu in a Facebook post on Sunday night while responding to an allegation by Prof. Farooq Kperogi that Buhari spent £6m during his treatment in June, said Buhari’s government is known for accountability and curbing waste.

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Shehu said the Presidency had approved over £50,000 for the President’s treatment but Buhari rejected it.

Buhari had in June jetted out to UK to treat ear infection.

Shehu said, “The disclosure on Prof. Farooq Kperogi’s wall that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ear treatment in the United Kingdom cost a whopping £6m must have shocked many of the respected scholar’s followers.

“I’m prepared to share documents with Farooq, one of the brightest ever produced from the Bayero University Kano that the whole treatment, including a follow-up visit by a specialist to Nigeria didn’t cost £50,000.

“For the records, the administration advanced a higher sum, but the President’s doctor returned the balance to the treasury.

“Indeed, it’s a New Day, and President Buhari’s change mantra is real. Let no one confuse my fellow countrymen and women.”

In what could be tagged as an indirect jibe at Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Shehu claimed that the $15m found in some company accounts was for her medical treatment.

He added that President Buhari would have rejected the bill if the doctor had charged him £6m.

He added, “The story reads like an incredible tale by moonlight that belongs to a different era, which fortunately is now history. That’s when a fortunate lady saved $15m for medical treatment!

“But was it possible that the account of this balanced journalism teacher was hacked? I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

“Given the austere President we have, Muhammadu Buhari would not have approved this amount if he was shown a £6m bill. I won’t be surprised if the President may have asked if the fat bill was for the purchase of a brand new pair of ears!”



  1. FG you are gradually revealing yourselves now You have been deceiving the innocent Nigerians that you are fighting corruption, but you have proudly spent 50,000 UK pounds on a minute and minor treatment that have already been treated in Nigerian only to confirm for further complication as claimed by The President’s personal doctor. Please tell who in Uk that can spend 50,000 UK pounds on his or annual health, The Prime minister and the Queen inclusive. You all are rough and corrupt

  2. Gradually the truth is coming out. I thought Buhari aides said then that the President did not have ear infection and didn’t travel for treatment? Now the truth is coming out. APC and their lies and propaganda.

  3. Wat happen afta wasting such money 4 only ear problem. Is he using it 2 hear hunger in d country or herdsmen killing pple n so on? Only God will help his children.

  4. aha haaa una fr don let dat ear rotten oooo ,enh when children dey hungry ,una dey treat hear ,dats so in considerate abi una treat something else join niiiii

  5. Wen u travel too much in air . Eardrum wil not be balance . Because of changes in altitude . Weightlessness . U stagger . U feel a bit unbalance . Doctor don eat money for nothing.

  6. That’s one of the reasons Buhari eagerly wanted this presidency, to treat his ear infection. Oooh We let a low mentality, poverty and illiterate man rule us.

  7. Seriously!!! are you guys saying 50,000 pounds is too much for the president to treat an ear infection?. This means you don’t know the importance attached to office of the president and the president himself.

    I guess your concerns should have been why is our hospitals not working.

  8. This serious, maybe Mr. President bought an artificial ear bcs I can’t understand why Nigeria is going, and he always said I can feel you pain.
    The government officials do not have confidence in their medical equipments and all the doctors in Nigeria that seems to be something else.
    Fela don talk am before sha. (Na power show).

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