A second republic lawmaker, Dr Junaid Mohammed, has blamed the former Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, who first established the Aso Rock Clinic, for its current terrible state.
Junaid, who is also a Doctor, added that Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who made the issue public was not known for telling lies.
Speaking to Vanguard, he said: “The first major reaction came from those who are customers of the Aso Rock Clinic, that is the First Lady herself and the fact that the first person that they have to account to is the First Lady and if she comes out to condemn them and nobody has contested what she has said, I have no doubt but to believe what she has said.So far, she has never been caught out lying even when what she says is not convenient.
“I am not surprised the way Aso Clinic turned out to be. That hospital should not have been set up the way it was established by the Babangida regime. None of the rules of procedure of setting up this kind of establishment was followed.
“The hospital has never been badly run as it is currently being run under the current management. I sincerely hope that the Buhari administration should take the trouble to consider whether we really need the Aso Rock Clinic and I truly believe we need it and then make sure that it is properly funded.
“The absence of basic consumables shows that those who are running the clinic have their own priorities and even though they are medical doctors, have no loyalty to the healthcare delivery system in this country.
“So, we must investigate this and make sure that Aso Rock Clinic is treated as a normal federal medical centre and its funding should be rationalised.”