Since the day President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf was rushed to Cedar Crest Hospital after a motorbike accident, some petty traders close to the hospital at Sam Mbakwe Street have recorded sales boost due to the influx of dignitaries.
Punch Newspaper reported that traders, who deal in food, mobile airtime credit, and drinks around the hospital, told reporters on Saturday that notwithstanding the improved sales, they wished the President’s son a quick recovery.
Among the top government officials who visited Buhari’s only son were the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
When Punch reporter, who posed as a buyer, approached one of the traders, identified only as Hauwa, she said, “For the past four days, I have been selling everything quite early. Many security people staying at the hospital because of the President’s son come here to eat. We have a lot of visitors coming with policemen to the hospital every day. The demand is high because of what has happened in the hospital.”
A mobile airtime vendor expressed a similar observation, saying, “Demand for recharge cards has been higher in the last four days. It was not like that before. People come from the hospital to buy recharge cards as often as you can think of. I learnt the President’s son is there. We have all noticed the heavy presence of policemen on the street . ”