President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that ailing former vice president Alex Ekwueme be flown abroad for medical treatment with immediate effect.
Garba Shehu, Senior special assistant on Media and Publicity to the president said that Buhari gave the order after he received brief on the medical condition of Ekwueme.
He said the approval given by Buhari would cover the cost of chartering an air ambulance for the journey and the cost of his treatment.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate medical treatment of former vice-president, Dr Alex Ekwueme, outside the country.
“The approval followed a brief the president received Friday on the medical condition of the former vice-president.
“The approval covers the immediate charter of an Air Ambulance for the emergency movement and the cost of treatment.
“President Buhari prays that God will grant the elder statesman speedy recovery.”
Meanwhile, PLUSMILA.com had reported that President Muhammmadu Buhari congratulated the former vice president of Nigeria, Alex Ekwueme, when he marked his 85th birthday.
The president in a statement released by the special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said Ekwueme’s life journey had been a narrative of immeasurable grace, courage and candour.