The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed.
He said that president Muhammadu Buhari sold his property to get foreign exchange (Forex) for his child’s education abroad.
He however did not say if the president got the forex from official sources or the parallel market, adding that anyone who cares to know about that could confirm from President Buhari himself.
Don’t forget that it was in the public domain even before he became president that when one of his children needed to go abroad he had to sell his property; maybe it was his house in Lagos or somewhere. Anybody that wants to train a child abroad must be sure that he or she can afford it. If you can afford it, then there is no problem. At a time like this when there is paucity of foreign exchange, what the president is simply saying is that central bank may not be able to provide forex but you can always buy your forex at the parallel market if that is what you want.
Adesina’s statement is coming barely a month after Buhari in an interview with Al Jazeerah during his visit to Qatar, intimated that due to the present economic crisis, Nigeria could not afford to allocate foreign exchange for those who decide to send their children to school abroad.
He had said:
Those who can afford foreign education for their children can go ahead, but Nigeria cannot afford to allocate foreign exchange for those who decided to train their children outside the country. We can’t just afford it. That is just the true situation.
When reminded by the interviewer that his children school abroad, President Buhari simply said: “I can afford it.”