President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday directed that ailing former Vice President Alex Ekwueme be flown abroad for medical treatment.
In a statement made public by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the order was given after Buhari received a brief on the medical condition of the former Vice President.
Shehu explained that 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 Bubari 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.”