President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly lashed out at the staff at the Presidential Villa after news that he would be visiting doctors in the UK as part of his week-long European trip which he is to embark upon on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
The schedule of Buhari’s trips has it that the President is to meet with Syrian officials in the UK, but the source availed that President Buhari agreed to participate in the Syrian event because it provides a perfect cover for the medical visit as he did not want it known in public parlance that he was had taken ill less than a year after assuming office.
It would be recalled that following the six-week postponement of the presidential election, the then President-elect spent a prolonged period in London, reportedly to rest. He subsequently spent another nine days in London to meet with his doctors, returning only one day before his inauguration.
Following the report exposing the President’s plan to use the Syrian meeting a cover for medical check-ups in the UK, President Buhari was said to have lashed out angrily at members of staff at the Villa, threatening to sack whoever is found guilty of leaking State House information to newsmen.
In a related development, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari on Monday, February 1, 2016 issued a stern warning to Aso Rock staff, telling them not to leak information or documents from the villa.
Speaking a send forth programme organised for some officials who retired recently or redeployed from his office, Kyari said a document which was signed by him had illegally found its way out of his office.
He said, “One thing we cannot tolerate is letters and information going out of this office. I have seen one with my signature shown to me.
“I do not know who was responsible for that; I do not know why anyone should do that; but please make sure that such a thing does not happen.
“Anything that is written will come out anyway; it is not a secret; but the bad thing is for it to come out before it is publicly made by the relevant authorities.
“So, please do not fall into this trap of somebody asking you to bring a letter, because if by accident you are found or the letter traced to you, clearly it would not be something that we would tolerate.”