The Presidency has again rose in defence of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, denying claims he used the funds of the Nigeria High Commission in London to pay his medical bills during a recent visit for emergency medical treatment in late 2016.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, also exonerated Kyari, insisting on his innocence.
An online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, had alleged that Kyari benefitted from the funds of the Nigerian High Commission in the UK for his medical bills.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement said the allegations were totally incorrect, misleading and a fabrication.
“The Nigeria High Commission in London did not at any time ever settle the medical bills or any other bills for that matter as Abba Kyari personally took responsibility for paying his own bills.
“This is by the Chief of Staff’s choice. He pays for his medicals, his taxi and accommodation in the U.K in spite of the high office he occupies, even when there is no rule that says he cannot be catered for by government,” the statement read.