You’re replicating Buhari’s distasteful foreign medical trips, HURIWA tells Tinubu

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, took a swipe on recent medical trips by President-elect Bola Tinubu, stressing that he has shown the tendency to take after President Muhammadu Buhari, who has a knack for similar venture.

In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said:  “It is shameful that Tinubu, who claimed to have developed Lagos to European standards as governor between 1999 and 2007 and installed successors till date, could not take his ‘deserved rest’ in Lagos or use healthcare facilities in the state, but have to go to the UK and France for medical checkups, just like his predecessor, President Buhari, who has spent at least 300 days away from the country on medical trips, especially in UK, since assuming office in May 2015.”

Tinubu had, on Monday, returned to Nigeria from France after being officially out of the country since March 22, when his spokesman, Tunde Rahman, released a statement, following a controversy that surrounded his whereabouts.

However, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said: “Is the President-elect really hale and hearty and ready for the task of steering the ship of a country as big as Nigeria with over 200 million people? This is not for us to answer, but only time will tell.

“Tinubu must spare Nigerians the Muhammadu Buhari’s culture of spending months in hospital in the UK. As rumoured, if Tinubu is unwell, he should do us a favour by declining to be sworn in. May affliction never arise twice for Nigeria.”

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