An Abuja-based lawyer and lecturer, Daniel Bwala, has criticised the Presidency over what he perceives as ‘corruption residing in the power house’ following an allegation leveled against the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the State House Clinic, Dr. Hussain Munir, by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
The President’s wife had during the opening of a two-day Stakeholders meeting held in Abuja two days ago, slammed the CMD over lack of facilities and medicines at the State House medical centre, despite budgetary allocation of N3.8bn.
But appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Bwala said corruption no doubt dwelt in the ‘powerhouse.’
He added, “It is intriguing actually. I hold the view that if a place is called a hospital, and you don’t have the basis that syringes, hand gloves, and all of that. You don’t have a hospital, it is a scam then. That is what it means.
“And going by what we read that the budget was I think, N3bn, (that money) in my opinion can build a world-class hospital, depending on the size. And so if N3bn is the budget for Aso Rock Hospital, you cannot accede the basics, then what it goes to show is that this corruption thing we have been talking about is not just fighting, but corruption resides even in the powerhouse,” he added.
Although the lawyer was quick to admit the development was very worrisome, he, however, wondered why an official press statement is yet to be issued from the presidency; even a week after the President’s daughter first exposed the rot.
“This is very unfortunate. And it was reported, I think about, close to a week now when the daughter of the President first raised the concern. And up till this moment, there is no official statement from the government about this fact, whether debunking the fact that the statement is not true, or there is an investigation going on in respect of that,” he added.