[Abuja] The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that the Presidency will not disclose the amount President Muhammadu Buhari spent in London while he went for medical vacation.
He declared that revealing the medical expenses of the President the could jeopardize the country’s national security, as the matter is too sensitive.
He said that he was surprised at the rate by some quarters are demanding the information without consideration for the moral angle. Adding that although the information act exist, it does not cover areas which are sensitive to the issues of national security.
“This matter has come several times and our position on the matter is quite straight forward,” he said on Wednesday in Abuja. “What are the President’s conditions of service? What are his entitlements in terms of his wellbeing and health care? The state is supposed to take responsibility for these.
“We believe that asking for how much has been spent on the health of the President is an issue that we should weigh very well both for national security and also for moral issues.
“I don’t know why we must divulge such very sensitive information. I might be wrong but I don’t have experience elsewhere that the President of any country will be ill and be forced to disclose how much the state has spent on his health.
‘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.” he said.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg