*Says Kyanite didn’t order Nigeria High Commission to pay medical bills
The Niger Government has absolved the Chief of Staff (COS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr..Abba Kyari, of any blame in the reported health Bill saga involving some high government and Presidential officials in London, United Kingdom (UK).
An online medium alleged that Nigeria’s acting High Commissioner, Adah Simon Ogah, frequently authorized payments from revenue generated through fees for passports, visas and other consular services by the High Commission for medical treatment of senior political officials visiting the United Kingdom.
Onyeama however, told State House correspondents who sought clarification on the allegation that the report was blatant falsehood and defamatory.
He said:”Because a lot of people do not bring libel cases against media houses, they think they can write whatever they like.
“The report was a blatant falsehood, really defamatory. As we all know, in most of these industrialized countries, if you want medical treatment, or hospital room reserved for you, they will require medical insurance of that country.
“If you do not have, they will require a deposit or a guarantee. Our embassies and high commissions around the world are there to assist Nigerians.
“All that happened in the case of the chief of Staff when he went to the United Kingdom for medical treatment was that before he arrived, the High Commission guaranteed that he will pay his hospital bills and that was all.
“A letter was written to the hospital that this person is a high official and we guarantee that he will settle his bill.
“On that basis, they reserved a hospital room for him and afterwards, he settled his bill. During the time he was in London, he never asked the High Commission to even provide a car for him. He made his arrangements.
“It is extremely unfair that such defamatory article would have come out. It has no iota of truth in it.
“He had never made any contact with the High Commission for the one and a half years he has been in office”.
The online medium had also alleged that Omolayo Akinfala, a special assistant to wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, had his employment contract with the Mission recently renewed by the Acting High Commissioner.
Akinfala it is alleged remains on the High Commission’s payroll despite being based in Nigeria and paid by the State House and that he also receives financial perks whenever he visits the UK with Mrs. Buhari.