President Mohammadu Buhari’s repeated and now-protracted stay in London on medical vacation has generated much controversy among Nigerians mostly around issues of transparency and accountability.
The presidency and its supporters argue that the president has upheld acceptable standards by confirming that he is ill and following the constitutionally stipulated process of notifying the National Assembly before embarking on his medical vacation.
However, many others, including the opposition and some civil society groups, counter the argument by observing that the president and his team have not revealed the exact nature of his illness, the attendant medical procedure, the cost of his public-funded treatment, the expected duration of the treatment and his recuperation, and whether or not he is still capable, on health grounds, of fulfilling the constitutional obligations of the office of president.
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