The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has stated that the newly inaugurated 21 billion Presidential Wing of the State House Medical Centre will eliminate the need for future presidents and their families to seek medical treatment abroad.
Aisha stated this when she joined President Muhammadu Buhari and other dignitaries for the commissioning ceremony of the facility situated on the premises of the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday.
According to the first lady, she was the first to nurture the idea of a presidential wing in 2017, following her husband’s lengthy stay in London for medical treatment. Aisha added that she insisted that the presidential wing have a VIP wing within proximity of the presidential villa.
“I’m quite happy, feeling fulfilled. Though we are leaving, all the same, we thank God that the project has become a reality,” Aisha said.
“I have opted for it for six years now. I initiated this project six years ago when my husband spent three months abroad, consecutively, for 90 days. And it shouldn’t be because we have all the experts in Nigeria. We only need a good platform.
“The hospital that is supposed to serve the First Family is serving like 35,000 people, which is quite much. That’s why I insisted we should have a VIP Wing within the proximity of the presidential villa.”
When asked if the medical centre would eliminate the need for Nigerian leaders to seek treatment abroad, she replied, “Yes! This one is for the health and wellness of the First Family. They don’t need to go abroad now. They only need to maybe fly in experts to help our people. You know.
“So, no need for any leader to spend months and months abroad because of health care.”