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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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BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Bank Manager For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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As the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) continues its surveillance of financial institutions, it has arrested an operations manager of a leading commercial bank in the Abuja central area for hoarding the newly redesigned naira note.

The unnamed banker, was arrested for refusing to load the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), of the bank despite having N29million of the redesigned naira notes in the branch’s vaults.

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EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said, “Before he was whisked away for further questioning, the operatives ordered the loading of all the ATMs and the payment of the stipulated amount across the counter to the delight of the distraught customers who had spent hours on queues without getting the new notes.

“This discovery, which indicates a sabotage of the government’s monetary policy by some banks, was made by the EFCC in continuation of the ongoing surveillance and visit to banks across the country to access their vaults and verify whether they were deliberately refusing to dispense the redesigned Naira notes.

“More than five bank branches were covered today by the operatives in Abuja.”

He further stated that similar exercises were ongoing in zonal commands across the country.

The operation will continue until normalcy is restored to the banking system.

The EFCC also noted that Nigerians finding it difficult to access their funds at any bank and suspects foul play should contact the commission, for immediate intervention.

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Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari – Babachir Lawal

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President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer in charge of his government as some of his aides have hijacked his leadership of the country according to Babachir Lawal.

Babachir, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, spoke when he appeared on Channels Television’s “The Verdict 2023”, on Friday night.

Speaking about the state of governance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Lawal said things were out of the hands of the President.

He further stated that those in the present regime who had the ears of the president refused to carry out the expectations of the President or the public.

Lawal also said before the president’s election into office in 2015, he had shown a remarkable sense of leadership, while he previously held positions as governor of Borno State, Minister of Petroleum, and military Head of State, but had challenges with his “lieutenants”, and deciding who executed projects and orders when he came into power as President.

“Things are out of his hands, there’s no running away from that fact. There are people that do not take the orders they are given. As soon as they leave where the order is given, they go and do different things. There is nothing like cabal. There is no government that does not have an inner caucus. There’s no government. There are people who have the ears of the President, to whom the President by functionality, their functions in government, ought to do things, but they are not doing what the President tells them to do, or what the President expects them to do, or what society itself expects them to do.

“I can tell you this, I know President Buhari very well, even long before he became President, and most Nigerians also knew him. And the expectation was that based on his antecedents as former governor of Borno State, former Minister of Petroleum, and then President, he had shown a remarkable sense of ability to rule.

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“By 2015, we were almost at the same level where we are this time around; people were fed up. But when he got in, I think the President had issues with his lieutenants, about who executes the orders he gives, and who executes the policies that he makes. And that is really my own side of things.”

Asked about his switch from his support for, and membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to join the Labour Party which has Peter Obi as its presidential candidate, Babachir said: “I’ve seen the light; you can repent when you see the light. I’ve seen the light, I saw the light and I repented, I’m sorry. I did that before. The light is Peter Obi. The darkness is the old system that used to govern us, which is represented by both the PDP and the APC. No change. The same people, the same agbada, the same red face cap. The same people. So Nigerians have seen the light, not only me.”

 

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BREAKING: I’ll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days – Buhari

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BREAKING: I'll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged citizens to give him seven days to resolve the cash crunch that has become a problem across the country from the Central Bank of Nigeria policy to change high-value naira notes with new ones.

During the Progressives Governors’ Forum who paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa to seek solutions to the cash crunch which they said was threatening the good records of the administration in transforming the economy, Buhari said the currency re-design would give a boost to the economy and provide long-term benefits. He expressed doubts about the commitment of banks in particular to the success of the policy.

“Some banks are inefficient and only concerned about themselves”, said the president, “even if a year is added, problems associated with selfishness and greed won’t go away.”

He said he had seen television reports about cash shortages and hardship to local businesses and ordinary people and gave assurances that the balance of seven of the 10-day extension would be used to crack down on whatever stood in the way of successful implementation.

“I will revert to the CBN and the minting company. There will be a decision one way or the other in the remaining seven days of the 10-day extension,” the president was quoted to have said in a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The governors told the president that while they agreed that his decision on the currency redesign was good and that they were fully in support, its execution had been botched and their constituents were becoming increasingly upset.

They told the president that, as leaders of the government and party in their different states, they were becoming anxious about a slump in the economy and the series of elections that are coming.

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They requested the president to use his powers to direct the concurrent use of the new and old notes till the end of the year.

The president said when he considered giving approval to the policy, he demanded an undertaking from the CBN that no new notes would be printed in a foreign country and they, in turn, gave him assurances that there was enough capacity, manpower and equipment to print the currency for local needs. He said he needed to go back to find out what was actually happening.

Buhari told the governors that, being closer to the people, he had heard their cries and would act in a way that there would be a solution.

 

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