Why I Will Not Sack My Chief Of Staff, Despite Corruption Allegations – Buhari Blows Hot
President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally explained why he refused to sack his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, over the recent corruption allegations leveled against him, by an online news platform.
President Buhari in a statement, described the allegations that his Chief of Staff used funds of the Nigeria High Commission in London to pay his medical bills, during his recent visit for emergency medical treatment, as ‘false’ and ‘fabricated’.
“The allegations contained in a report published by an online news medium, are totally incorrect, misleading, and a fabrication,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement, on Monday night.
Recall, that Sahara Reporters had published documents implicating the Nigerian High Commission, in London, for guaranteeing the payment of Kyari’s medical bill.
However, the President’s Media Aide, in his statement said: “The Nigeria High Commission in London, did not at any time ever, settle the medical bills, or any other bills for that matter, as Abba Kyari personally took responsibility for paying his own bills. This is by the Chief of Staff’s choice. He pays for his medicals, his taxi, and accommodation in the U.K. in spite of the high office he occupies, even when there is no rule that says he cannot be catered for by government.
“For the records, Kyari was rushed out of Nigeria for an emergency medical treatment, on the fateful December 1, 2016. To receive him on arrival, the Wellington Hospital needed to have cash deposited, or in the absence of this, a letter of guarantee.
“In order to meet this condition, the Nigeria High Commission in London, wrote the Letter of Guarantee to the hospital, for treatment to commence. The role of the High Commission did not involve financial commitments on behalf of Kyari.
“The Letter of Guarantee from the High Commission was meant to meet the routine requirements of the Wellington Hospital, since the patient in question (Kyari), did not possess the UK National Health Insurance.
“Apart from senior government officials, other reputable Nigerians are issued with such guarantee letters to hospitals. A guarantor is not liable, unless there is a default, but this wasn’t the case with Abba Kyari, who paid all his medical bills by himself, as he had done on previous occasions.
“Hospital records are available for verification, to show that the Nigeria High Commission in London did not spend a penny on Kyari, as its involvement did not go beyond the issuance of the letter of guarantee to the Wellington Hospital”.