Under the aegis of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, Nigerians residing in London yesterday (November 7) engaged in a peaceful protest over the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the foreign land for medical attention.
The protesters held that instead of visiting foreign states for medical treatment and planning to import foreign doctors, the President should renovate the majority of hospitals in Nigeria that are by every measure dilapidated.
The protesters led by Gabriel Agbontaen reiterated on the need for the government to fix the issue of insecurity and deficiency in basic amenities facing Nigeria rather than encouraging the act of political office holders travelling abroad to enjoy such privileges.
Recall that in the 2015 electoral manifesto of President Muhammadu Buhari, he swore to Nigerians that he will not travel abroad for medical treatment.
But the reverse has been the case. Since he became president, he has spent about 200 days and counting abroad in the name of medical treatment.
The irony of it all is that about N10bn has been budgeted for the Aso Rock Clinic since Buhari assumed office. If President Buhari would not visit the hospital, why invest so much money that can be used to refurbish other core areas in the country like roads, schools and even the dilapidated government hospitals.
The protest was however tranquil from start till it ended as the British police were on standby.