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Disclosing amount spent on Buhari’s medical trip would jeopardise national security – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has said that it will not disclose the amount expended on President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent medical treatment in London.

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, said this on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Buhari.

He said divulging such an information would jeopardise national security and throw up moral issues as the President’s health was a sensitive matter.

According to him, the nation is responsible for the president’s conditions of service, including his entitlements, well-being and healthcare.

He said: “This matter has come several times and our position on the matter is quite straight forward.

“What are the president’s conditions of service? What are his entitlements in terms of his well-being and health care? The state is supposed to take responsibility for these.

“Yes, there is Freedom of Information Act, but it is also carved in such a way that when such information is likely to endanger national security, I think it is an area that is not covered.”

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