The Nigerian government has reacted to reports in the media that it is footing the medical bills of the ailing Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme who was yesterday flown abroad for continued medical treatment.
Sources close to the Federal Government in a chat with Vanguard revealed that the Nigerian Government is not bearing the cost of treatment as against the earlier promise to foot the entire medical bills incured by the elder statesman.
Sources close to the presidency revealed that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, was in charge of releasing the Air Ambulance which took the elder statesman to London for further medical treatment.
The former Vice President’s brother, Professor Obumneme Ekwueme, a surgeon, was reported to have been unable to travel as part of his medical team because of problems with foreign exchange adding that he would take care of other exigencies that would arise such as feeding, accommodation, drugs and laboratory tests among others.
Family sources however stated: “We are not surprised about the development because Ekwueme has not been receiving his entitlements from this administration. The Federal Government was not pressurised to make the promise. It did so on its own volition.
“It is not as if our family could not have treated him in the best hospital in any part of the world. Even if they are not treating him, let them pay him his entitlements when he is still alive. They should not wait until he dies so that they will come and pay tributes to him as the best man while alive.”