Buhari orders Ekwueme flown abroad for immediate medical treatment

Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme [Photo credit: dailypost]

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed former Vice President Alex Ekwueme be immediately flown abroad for urgent medical treatment, the presidency said Friday.

Mr. Buhari authorised the trip after being briefed on Mr. Ekwueme’s condition.

The former vice president, who turned 85 in October, reportedly collapsed in his Enugu residence on Sunday.

On Monday, his family said in a statement that the former leader’s health was stable.

Mr. Buhari’s directive covers “the immediate charter of an Air Ambulance for the emergency movement and the cost of treatment”, a statement signed by spokesperson Garba Shehu said.

Mr. Buhari “prays that God will grant the elder statesman speedy recovery”, it added.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Birds of the same feather…

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    All former presidents and vice presidents are entitled to these trips , another shameful journey for a country which cannot take care of it’s own.

    • Olusola

      At least it is good he hurriedly signed off on this. Only a shameless country treats her leaders and citizens disdainfully. While we hope to rebuild our health facilities, HE Dr Alex Ekwueme deserves Nigeria looks after him.

    • Eluba Inas

      What is wrong with you recently? You have been making a lot of sense on several threads.

  • Adejuyigbe. EniOlorun.

    Thanks so much to Mr.President and his administration for immediate intervention, God bless you and move Nigeria forward.

  • deji 3SC (Up shooting)

    The same stunt Jonathan pulled with Ojukwu. The more things change, the more they remain the remain the same

    • KELLOGGS

      I don’t which is worse; a tribal, clannish Buhari, or the pandering one.

  • FreeNigeria

    Shameless people, they can’t build a functional hospital for everyone, but they use our money for their own benefits.

    • Dan arewa

      Ungrateful Bastard

      • FreeNigeria

        Grateful bastard, I’ll see where they’ll fly you when your azz fall sick

      • absam777

        Grateful for what? This is not the change we voted for. This action is merely to a vote seeking exercise. Poor political play for 2019. .

        • Julius

          Really ? I bet if the old man pass without the government trying to help before he dies, you would have been in here ranting , foaming in the mouth about Buhari and his village.

    • thusspokez

      they can’t build a functional hospital for everyone

      Something is not right with the Nigerian. What would it take the Nigerian to change his mindset which he doesn’t care even if it leads to his death. Nigerians are very weird indeed.

    • Akunda Emiley Ene

      Point of correction. Not “our” money but Niger Delta people’s money. Be frank with yourself, will a kobo from any of the states in the North and West go into this trip? Certainly not!

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari has directed former Vice President Alex Ekwueme be immediately flown abroad for urgent medical treatment, the presidency said Friday.

    Buhari should not try to claim credit for this. Alex Ekwueme, as a former VP of Nigeria is entitled to go for treatment anywhere, and to be paid for, by Nigerian tax payers.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Exactly, so what is the fuss about?

      • Sanssouci

        His point is this should not even be news! do u publish in the newspapers when ur employer pays you your salary or your debtors pay their debt to you? No because you are entitled to it! so why is the presidenbcy releasing a statement on this like they found a cure to monkeypox?

        • FineBoy

          Who made it news?

        • Man_Enough

          Former presidents have pensions and retirement benefits. This gesture is out of the way.

      • 0tile

        Don’t ask what the fuss is about. Do you not care for the sorry state of Nigerian health care system? Don’t you see that Imam Buhari does not care for the common man especially the people of SE SS?

        • Eluba Inas

          He does, but you cannot see it. Your mind has been beclouded by hatred for the guy.

          • 0tile

            How does he care for us? Did he share with us that $2.1 billion he borrowed from the World Back? Did he share with us the money he borrowed from EU, China and other places? Did he send messages of condolence when troops killed youths in PH, Bayelsa, and Afara Umuahia? Does he share lucrative federal jobs with our qualified applicants? I am not beclouded by anything, but I know how Imam regards our people in SE SS. Right now you are enjoying his patronage thinking that his abundant generosities for you his people will never come end.

          • 0tile

            …will never end.

          • Eluba Inas

            Poor you. I live outside naija. From what I read everyday in the media I know the guy is trying his best. He met a country in a comatose state and he is trying to revive it. I am a very optimistic person thus I see the cup half filled not half empty. You on the other hand I have followed your postings are negative. You are always complaining and wailing. Try doing away with this pessimistic view for a week and you will see the difference it will make to your life, if not for anything at least to reduce your mental stress.

    • FineBoy

      All workers are entitled to salaries but some are owed 11 months.

      No fuss ryt,?

    • Man_Enough

      A father has the responsibility to cater for and train children he brings to the world, but a virtuous child will say “thank you dad” when he eats his meal every day.

      • thusspokez

        It is the weekend, have you been having liquid refreshment?

        • Man_Enough

          Why sure! I prefer the liquid to the powdery stuff sniffed through the nostrils.

  • Carol

    What a useless, shameless and dumb president! Imagine how even PT reports the story as though it were an achievement worth celebrating. It shows how infectious the stompidity of buhari and his team has become in just 2.5years that Nigeria has been unfortunate to have another clueless president just like all other before him from independence.

    • Julius

      Ojukwu was flown abroad under Jonathan and folks including me gave Jonathan and his government a kudo for doing that. I can’t recollect your objection then.

      • Eluba Inas

        He is not trying to make a fair point, just another opportunity to rain insults and abuses to Buhari. There is nothing Buhari will do that will satisfy them. 2.5 years after their lost of the election they cannot move on.

        • Julius

          No mind dem !…we can see thru the bullshit . It’s all hatred.

      • Holy truth

        Julius I hail O, I dey feel u.

        • Julius

          Your name don talk am finish. Respect !!

      • FineBoy

        She was in the womb then

    • Lanre

      Thank you Carol. You are one of the intelligent people on this thread. Please see my post on this shame:
      ***************************************************************************************************************************
      The Irony of Nigeria: On December 31, 1983, Muhammadu Buhari, a Nigerian Army General, overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme. One of the reasons adduced was that Hospitals had become “Mere Consulting Clinics.”
      34 Years after and billions more stolen, Muhammudu Buhari is back as Nigeria’s ruler. He does not use Medical Facilities in Nigeria and on November 3, 2017 requests that the man he overthrew [Alex Ekwueme] be flown overseas for medical treatment. Nigeria is a retarded country. This paradox is evident only to the intelligent.

    • FineBoy

      Your mama investment in u has only insults as prize?

  • Domingos

    These undesirable elements who call themselves leaders get everything – from life Salaries to mouth watering benefits, Cars, Housing, Property etc and even after death. Without any aorta of shame or decorum for the jobless and suffering Nigerian citizens, many of whom cannot even afford to buy common medicine for malaria, a Buhari tells us that an Ex-VP must go abroad for treatment in line with his policy of good health care for only the useless politicians past & present, rather than a comprehensive health care system for all Nigerians. It has no other name, it is called mumudity.

    No wonder a group like Niger Delta Avengers only today decided to end it all with Nigeria once and for all. Welcome operation “Jericho” wall!

  • emmanuel

    What happens to other Nigerians who need treatment too but have to hospitals in Nigeria to administer the ‘proper’ treatment that Ekweme will now get? Until we stop electing unthinking brainless people as leaders and presidents the circle of decadence will continue unabated.

    • Julius

      Hahahahaaha, see yourself so !… hypocrite !. How come you are not abusing Buhari and his tribe by this news … something you do daily regardless of the topic ?. I wonder why !!!

      • KELLOGGS

        He is the one that remained consistent, you are the tribe peddler!

        • Eluba Inas

          Consistent in raining insults and abuses to other tribes? How does that makes him an intellect? He is just a lazy ass e-rat.

        • Julius

          Yeah sure, you must come from the same village…a village of idiots !

    • blackdove

      Run for office of president or Vice President, then Nigeria will take care of you as part of your retirement benefits.

    • Lanre

      Emmanuel, how are you. Please read my post copied here below. Nigeria is a lost cause. A large percentage of the dead migrants (fleeing to Europe) are Nigerians, tired of the deceit in the country. My original post is copied here:
      ************************************************************************************************************************************
      The Irony of Nigeria: On December 31, 1983, Muhammadu Buhari, a Nigerian Army General, overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme. One of the reasons adduced was that Hospitals had become “Mere Consulting Clinic.”
      34 Years after and billions more stolen, Muhammudu Buhari is back as Nigeria’s ruler. He does not use Medical Facilities in Nigeria and on November 3, 2017 requests that the man he overthrew [Alex Ekwueme] be flown overseas for medical treatment. Nigeria is a retarded country. This paradox is evident only to the intelligent.

      • FineBoy

        You are lost not Nigeria

  • Anita K

    House of Shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Napoleon and his puppies have taken over Animal Farm and the result/effect is what we are all witnessing.

    • Lanre

      Thank you Anita. Nigerian Rulers (past and present) deserve no respect whatsoever. But they use the emotions of the poor to confuse and continue to deceive them. If you are intelligent, you will see through the deceit of Nigeria’s rulers. Please find my comment, pasted below:
      **************************************************************************************************************************************
      The Irony of Nigeria: On December 31, 1983, Muhammadu Buhari, a Nigerian Army General, overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme. One of the reasons adduced was that Hospitals had become “Mere Consulting Clinics.”
      34 Years after and billions more stolen, Muhammudu Buhari is back as Nigeria’s ruler. He does not use Medical Facilities in Nigeria and on November 3, 2017 requests that the man he overthrew [Alex Ekwueme] be flown overseas for medical treatment. Nigeria is a retarded country. This paradox is evident only to the intelligent.

    • FineBoy

      Take heart Squirrel

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Lol

  • chiemex

    Nonsense & ingredients. Paying for a billionaire’s health care when IDPs and poor people cant afford basic care.

    • blackdove

      Who is a billionaire? Dr Alex Ekwueme? You think it is every one that served government enriched themselves?

  • ijelejames

    What a zoo called country. Upgrade our hospitals at home. It is a no brainer. People still die overseas.

    • PolyGon2013

      Each zone and state can upgrade their own hospital. It doesn’t have to be at the federal level. Each state gets enough money to make their state hospitals to on a par with what is obtainable abroad.

      • Eluba Inas

        You are absolutely right.

      • Man_Enough

        Thank you. They would rather ignore “the log in their eyes” and protest the speck in Buhari’s own.

    • FineBoy

      Stop yahoo yahoo and go register for nursing and things will change for good

  • curseless

    As bad as the optics of this incidence appears, one still need to thank Buhari for this gesture because trust me the same Nigerians castigating the Presidence now will she singing blues if something happened to the stateman. Now, the idea that we can’t treat our own in Nigeria has been a long standing issue among other things. Nigeria can not claim to be the giant of Africa and lacks the capacity to provide the barest minimum conveniences for her citizens i.e. Light , water and health care. The so called leaders have no political will or interest in making these things possible and those who are to hold them accountable meaning the citizens also lack the will.These people misruling the people are not ghost or invisible for we all know them and still vote for them. No health professional worth his/her salt will stay for too long in Nigeria to see his talent rot away without looking for a green pasture outside. Look at the so called ultra modern hospital Akpabio built. That white elephant is grounded due to unpredictable infra structure support among other things . Government can build any Tan Mahal it wants, if there is no guaranteed water, electricity it will not stand a test of time. Our problem is not man power, for God have blessed us with that but we have bad leaders and many bad followers too.

    • Man_Enough

      I read somewhere that these hospitals which our people patronize abroad are not government owned but private hospitals. I learnt that Odilli stole Rivers’ money and went to build a first class clinic in south Africa. We have many private hospitals littered all over the place in Nigeria but in all of them their overriding goal is to extort.

  • Aminu Baba

    Iam sure this is when going abroad for medical treatment shall suddenly become normal, even a right, by our noisy eastern neighbours

    • Factual Bob

      What an arrant nonsense.Alex Ekwueme as a very successful Architect and Urban planner even before going into politics in mid 70’s can afford medical evacuation and treatment to anywhere.Besides Ekwueme left office thirty-four (34) yrs ago and can not be blamed for the non existent medical facilities in Nigeria.
      Buhari is attending to Ekwueme because the Anambra election is just 2 weeks from today,and APC want to win the affection of Biafrans and Ndi Anambra in particular.Have you not heard that Buhari will even be visiting Ebonyi,Imo,and Anambra states pretty soon to show his imaginary love for Biafrans. Biafrans are smarter than you will ever imagine.

      • FineBoy

        Take heart sadist.
        Ekwueme is former VP and is entitled to Govt Protocol and treatment.

        U can deduced anything and conclude anything but the Bible answer is: TO THE PURE ALL THINGS ARE PURE, TO THE CONTAMINATED AND FALLEN, EVEN THE PURE IS INPURE.

        That is your state

        • Mr.Val

          Are you this myopic and jaundiced not to see beyond your nose? Is this the first time Chief Alex Ekwueme will fall sick? Chief Ekwueme is very comfortable in life to take good care of his health,and is not in need of any greek gift . Infants are usually unable to distinguish a bean cake from cassava cake,and is not surprised that you can not see beyond your nose to know that Buhari is out to hoodwink the Igbos for his selfish political goal.Buhari neither love Chief Alex Ekwueme nor the Igbos,very from that.Anambra election is just few days away and APC is very desperate to capture Anambra in their quest to make inroads to the South East.Wake up and smell the coffee.

          • FineBoy

            List Ekwueme businesses that he is well comfortable

      • kinsly

        How does the health of Ekwueme a former vice President of the Republic ,concern Anambra Election and Biafra? You are really Pathetic.

  • Maria

    I hope he can also order all Nigerians that are sick be flown abroad for medical treatment in air ambulance with all expenses covered. F00lish leaders.

    • kinsly

      Are you a former vice President?

      • Okokondem

        Hausa man we decided answer Kinsly. Kinsly my **s.

    • Man_Enough

      Not all Nigerians are presidents. Special privilege and treatment for kings have been established since the days of yore. If you have a bible, open the pages and read.

      • Biafran 1967

        Stop reading the bible and think in a commonsense way. Read a science and philosophy book instead.

    • Biafran 1967

      I never knew I would ever agree with you on anything. Africa has a real problem with its elite.

  • 45Degree

    Useless and brainless leaders. Totally slavish. Take him there and come and bring him back to bury him here. Are you idiots better than our fathers and mothers whom you have completely stolen our commonwealth? Una no go die well.

  • Lanre

    The Irony of Nigeria: On December 31, 1983, Muhammadu Buhari, a Nigerian Army General, overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari and Alex Ekwueme. One of the reasons adduced was that Hospitals had become “Mere Consulting Clinic.”
    34 Years after and billions more stolen, Muhammudu Buhari is back as Nigeria’s ruler. He does not use Medical Facilities in Nigeria and on November 3, 2017 requests that the man he overthrew [Alex Ekwueme] be flown overseas for medical treatment. Nigeria is a retarded country. This paradox is evident only to the intelligent.

    • FineBoy

      Certainly u r not among the intelligent.

      • Okokondem

        And you are?

    • Okokondem

      I mean really can it get any more paradoxical? Imagine the irony. The Ekwueme family must rebuff this belated appeasement and allow Buhari to wallow in his guilt for selective mistreatment of Alex Ekwueme 34 years ago.

      • kinsly

        Mugu.

    • Man_Enough

      Recall that he was not allowed time to right the wrong then. When he was shoved out, the army, the civilian Obasanjo and Jonathan continued the balkanisation of the health sector. 34 years later when he came back what did you expect him to do? Submit himself as a sacrificial lamb in the mutilated “consulting clinics”. You castigate as if he was there through the 34 years.

      • Ceejay Iloelunachi

        He headed PTF in between during Abachs’s tenure. We can rightly say Buhari is part and parcel of the rot in the health sector.

        • Yego V

          Sadly all the money claimed to have been spent onhealth, was the importation of USED equipment s and EXPIRED and unwanted drugs .

      • Biafran 1967

        Like I said to someone else, start using your brains. This is not about the personalities involved, it’s about the ridiculous nature of thinking of Africa’s retarded elite. Why can’t Ekwueme use a hospital in Anambra State? You and I know why. Is this acceptable? Never.

    • Biafran 1967

      Best comment on the internet for 2017. Well said!!

  • aisha ani

    What’s the point in this, let the old man be.

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Buhari is This not corruption? Let the old man be.

    • Green

      If he dies in Nigeria, igbo people will say they are marginalized

      • If he dies in the moon the igbo-biafrans will say the same thing.

  • Dan maikoko

    2 years is too short to fix our degenerate sick-care system but this flight abroad for almost everything is embarrassing . How many months will it take to fly in a state of the arts hospital and either recall nigerian expert who went abroad on medical migration or hire foreign doctors if the claim is that nigerian doctors cant handle modern equipment.

  • Babajide

    Who jailed Ekwueme “for corruption” in 1983 in the first place while leaving Shagari untouchable?

    Our people easily forget.

  • Daniel

    National shame of medical treatment abroad.

    Shameless people in government!

  • manager

    Thanks buhari but it’s painful that people like you and ekwueme has been around the corridor of power for decades now without doing any thing to fix our hospitals​, what a Shameless leaders , If the abroad leaders handle there country the way you guys handles nigeria by now l don’t know where you guys will to for your medical treatment, shameless and corrupt leaders

  • Abdullahi Mohammed Salihu

    Wishing you fast recovery sir, we are all mortal subject to weakness like sick and death. Where are IPOB members you are not doing your home work here, at lest the governors of south east region they should be the one doing all these before federal government can step in. Same thing goes to Ojuku non of these IPOB or south East governors were with him when he was in hospital. It was after his death they start their show up. I don’t know whether they are sensing these unpatriotic actions.

    • Biafran 1967

      Start using your brains. This is not about IPOB, Ojukwu or whatever. This is about a short sighted corrupt elite. Why are there no fit hospitals for these useless aged thieves? Ekwueme and Buhari are part of the same corrupt and parasitic tribe – the old useless corrupt elite with no vision who have held Africa back for decades. Have heads of state from other continents ever come to Africa for medical treatment? Why is the continent with the most resources the poorest in the world? And please don’t say that colonialism is responsible. The refusal to think logically is the African person’s biggest problem.

      • Abdullahi Mohammed Salihu

        U are right no standard hospital in the country, in the field of sciences there are different countries that specialise in different fields of science. Nigeria may not have experts in this particular sickness, so u have to understand these aged people need special consideration, there action is not an excuse for them not to have attention other wise u won’t be different from them. Thanks

  • Omooba

    WRONG AND NEGATIVE POLITICS. THIS WOULD NOT SWAY IBO VOTES IN 2017. HERE WAS A SADIST WHO CLAMPED CHIEF BISI ONABANJO IN JAIL FOR TRUMPED UP CHARGES LEADING TO HIS DEATH IN THE 80s. PERHAPS THE PRESIDENTIAL JET SHOULD BE RELEASED AS EMERGENCY AMBULANCE FOR THE PURPOSE.
    BUHARI, O NI WA MO. YOU HAVE FRITERED AWAY THE PEOPLE’s GODWILL AND AGE AND HEALTH ALREADY INHIBIT YOUR CHANCES.

  • Asiri

    As usual this country continues to run a pseudo-democracy based on aristocratic privileges and patronage reserved for senior government officials — even when some of them are wealthy enough to build world class hospitals in their home towns. Clearly –the constitution need to be re-written, because medical treatment should only apply to hospitals inside Nigeria. Anything outside the shores of the country ought not to be a bill footed by the citizens of Nigeria. Buhari is simply playing to the gallery here. This recent brown nosing of SE by the presidency is ingenuine and ridiculous – to say the least!

  • emmanuel

    What is the meaning of this? Buhari wants to make a show of what should not constitute a major heading “…order that he be flown abroad”
    Are we in military regime? Please get done quickly with this mischief maker called Buhari an face Nigeria. The man has wasted so much space and time and has become an albatross to everyone, as he has also become a moral burden to himself. A man that should be in a sanatorium leading people who claim to be civilised is a misnomer.