Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled a new presidential medical centre worth N21bn ($55m). The centre is located at the State House in Abuja and is designed to provide medical services for the president and his family as well as other high-ranking government officials. The new facility replaces an older one that had been in use for over 30 years. The president noted during the unveiling that it is essential to upgrade medical infrastructure across the country, as the COVID pandemic has made clear. Criticism, however, has arisen over the cost of the project, as many Nigerians are struggling with poverty and scarcity of basic healthcare services. Some argue that the money should have been used to build hospitals for the wider population, rather than providing exclusive medical services for elite officials.