Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has disclosed that Nigeria’s leader sold his property to access foreign exchange (forex) for his child’s education.
He said this in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show.
“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,” Adesina said.
“Anybody that wants to train a child abroad must be sure that he or she can afford it. If you can afford it 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.”
Buhari had in an interview with Al-Jazeera early March said “Those who can afford foreign education for their children can go ahead but Nigeria cannot afford to allocate foreign exchange to those who decided to train their children outside the country,” he said last month.