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Buhari’s Medical Tourism In London Is National Disgrace – HURIWA



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“The continuous patronage of foreign medical services by President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his immediate family is a categorical message that the president, Muhammadu Buhari may be unwilling to bequeath enduring and sustainable legacies in the areas of building enduring and strategic health infrastructure which should put to an end the wasteful ventures of tourism by government officials who fritter scarce foreign reserves to service their personal health challenges at public costs abroad.”

With the above words, civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has described as shameful and regrettable the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to travel to London, United Kingdom at serious costs to the tax payers to take care of his personal health needs.

The rights group said the unwise choice of the president to patronize foreign health service providers in total rejection and disregard  for the Nigerian indigenous health service professionals has shown that his administration is hypocritical about achieving any kind of mileage in the area of rebuilding the near- moribund health care sector of the nation’s economy.

“For us we see this practice by President Buhari and members of his family and many other members of the political class as parasitic and a show of shame which demonstrates their lack of commitment to establish functional health care infrastructure to benefit millions of Nigerians. This constant medical tourism by the political class and especially by President Muhammadu Buhari shows that he does not mean well for the health care system in Nigeria and also demonstrates a lack of sensitivity to the health needs of millions of Nigerians who most times die from seemingly treatable diseases due to the collapse of public health care infrastructure all across the country.”

The press statement was endorsed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.

The group emphasized that the frequent medical tourism of the president shows that the Federal Ministry of Health right under the purview of President Muhammadu Buhari  is simply gambling with the lives of millions of Nigerians since the president of the country and the appointing authority of the federal cabinet has nothing in stock on how to revive health care infrastructure.

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HURIWA stated that it is disconcerting that the Head of State and head of government of Nigeria will be showing a bad example of frittering public funds abroad for his health challenges whilst pretending to be running a full-fledged federal ministry of health with two ministers who draw salaries and allowances off public coffers yet the appointing authority of these ministers of health has no faith in the capability of the managers of the nation’s health sector which informs his constant globetrotting in search of health care services from foreign jurisdictions.

“HURIWA wishes to remind the current Federal Government that the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire had on Monday, 7th December, 2020 in Abuja, unveiled the Nigeria’s health sector roadmap which he said was guided by the President’s ‘Health Sector Next Level Agenda’ of 2019.  It is a nine point, medium-term plan, to ramp up the push towards Universal Health Coverage.

“HURIWA recalled also that the health minister enumerated the agenda to include: implementation of Mandatory Universal Health Insurance in collaboration with State governments and the FCT Administration; Operationalization of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in collaboration with partners and agencies; Recruitment and deployment of 50,000 Community Health Extension Workers; Revamping Federal Teaching Hospitals across the country; Collaboration with Private Sector Investors to establish high-quality hospitals in Nigeria;  Reduction of gaps in all health-related SDGs by at least 60%; Reduction in the current imbalance between primary, secondary, and tertiary health care; Active collaboration with the private sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerian youths; and  contribution to the realization of Mr. President’s June 12 promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years. But as at today, what this frequent foreign health tourism by the President Muhammadu Buhari shows is that he has no definite road map for fixing the public healthcare sector hence he keeps patronizing the British Health sector whereby Nigeria incurs huge financial burden that is not transparently communicated to the tax payers in Nigeria from where these huge financial obligations for the,President’s individual health expenses are met. This is absolutely intolerable and unacceptable. ”

The rights group said the practice of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria always going overseas for medical checks and services is a monumental security challenge and an unmitigated national shame to Nigeria which prides itself as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. “This medical tourism of the Nigerian President shows that Nigeria is a giant with legs of clay,” the group added.

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ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court’s Judgement



ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court's Judgement

University teachers in the country on Friday asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja to set aside the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) that ordered them to call off their over seven-month-old strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a 14-ground of appeal it lodged through its team of lawyers led by a frontline human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, equally applied for a stay of execution of the judgement.

The NIC had in a judgement that was delivered last Wednesday by Justice Polycarp Hamman, ordered the striking university lecturers to return to the classroom, pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike.

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The interim injunction directing ASUU members to resume work, followed an application FG filed through its lawyer, Mr. James Igwe.

Justine Hamman held that the order was both in national interest and for the sake of undergraduates in the country that have been at home since February 14.

He held that the strike was detrimental to public university students that could not afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.
I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.


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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen



BREAKING:Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen

Over three policemen have been kidnapped in broad daylight by some unknown gunmen in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the police officers were abducted on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The cops were in the state from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, for an investigation.

They were said to have been duly booked  at the police division in Wasinmi, before they left for their place of primary assignment.

It was learnt that the officers, led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi, were captured on the road by their abductors, who accosted them at about 2:30 p.m.

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It was also learnt that the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops escaped by a whisker from the kidnappers.

It was further gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro had led his men in search for the missing policemen.

When contacted, the Ogun State Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that “people were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved.“

Oyeyemi told our correspondent that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be rescued.

“We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” adding that men of the anti-kidnapping unit were on the trail of the kidnappers.


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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me – Wike



BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has disclosed how former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-army generals and the Chairman of the Peoples’Democratic Party ( PDP) Worked Against him.

Wike said that these people met on the night of the party’s presidential primary and special convention to prevent his emergence as the party’s presidential candidate.

Wike made the allegation on Friday while speaking during a live television interview in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

He said that the meetings were part of what led to the delay in the commencement of the convention on the day of the PDP presidential primary.

“A whole national chairman told some aspirants that if Wike won, he was going to resign. As Chairman of the convention, he allowed Aminu Tambuwal to speak a second time.

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“And after everything, he (Ayu) went and hugged Tambuwal that he was the hero of the convention.

“Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.

“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.

“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.

“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention.

“But I said for peace to reign, let the convention go on. Now a candidate has emerged. And we need to win elections as a party. That is the ultimate, winning elections.

“But the right thing must be done. It was agreed and it has been the practice of the party that if the candidate comes from the North, the national chairman should come from the South.

“The candidate (Atiku) knows all these. He even said it to me when he came to my house in Abuja”, Wike recalled.

Wike and his camp have pulled out of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council over Ayu’s refusal to resign as PDP National Chairman.

The embattled governor earlier hinted that he would expose some rotten details in PDP.


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