Buhari visits Abuja blasts victims in hospital

By: Isiaka Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday visited the survivors of Friday’s bomb blasts in Abuja who are receiving treatment at the Trauma Centre of the National Hospital.

President Buhari wished the survivors of the bomb attacks on Nyanya and Kuje, suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), full and speedy recovery.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement yesterday, said Buhari was accompanied by his personal aides and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Adesina said President Buhari visited the Intensive Care Unit, the Paediatric unit and general wards of the National Hospital.

He said Buhari reassured the survivors that the Federal Government would take full responsibility for settling their medical bills.

He said the president also directed his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, to settle the N268, 790.00 medical bill of a young girl at the Paediatric ward of the hospital.

According to the presidential spokesman, the girl’s mother, Deborah Stephen, had broken into tears on seeing President Buhari.

He quoted Mrs Stephen as telling Buhari that her daughter had been shot by armed robbers who raided their home and that the family could not afford the medical bills.

Adesina also quoted Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital, Dr Jafaru Momoh, as expressing his appreciation of the president’s visit.

Momoh was said to have stated that Buhari’s visit would help the patients’ recovery by giving them a greater psychological sense of being valued and loved by their country.