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Buhari’s Hypocrisy On Medical Tourism Unbearable – HURIWA

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“The president who has led Nigeria both as a military dictator and two terms now as elected civilian president and has so far spent 6th out of his final tenure should not be seen globetrotting in search of medical assistance for his personal medical challenges. The failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to use six years to fix the health infrastructure in Nigeria so as to stave off medical tourism that drains Nigeria of the much-needed foreign reserves is totally indefensible, reprehensible,  despicable and it is a shame to the nation that the president is even defending this immoral behavior.”

With the above words, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the position of the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr. Femi Adesina on why his principal travels oversees for medical tourism.

The rights group told him to stop deceiving himself thinking he is convincing anyone about a matter that exposes the ‘profound hypocrisy of his boss.”

HURIWA recalled that Adesina had reportedly revealed why his principal could not seek medical attention in Nigeria.

HURIWA said the media quoted Mr. Adesina as saying that his boss, President Buhari could not be treated in Nigeria because he has his own medical team in the United Kingdom.

According to Mr. Adesina, the president has used the medical team for over 40 years, hence the need to continue seeking medical help in the country.

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HURIWA quoted Adesina as saying the aforementioned while defending Buhari’s frequent medical tours to the United Kingdom just as when asked why the president could not have been treated in Nigeria, Adesina told Channels Television’s Politics Today that “President Buhari has been with the same doctors and medical team for upward of 40 years. It’s advisable that he continues with those who know his medical history and that is why he comes to London to see them. He has used the same medical team for over 40 years. Once you can afford it, then stay with the team that has your history.”

In its reaction, the HURIWA said President Buhari’s continuous junketing at a huge expense to the public in search of private health issues is a demonstration that he is a collosal failure as a political leader because as far as medical history is concerned, the current Nigerian president is the only leader in any civilized democracy that travels outside his nation in search of medical treatment.
HURIWA said the globetrotting for medical tourism by President Muhammadu Buhari endangers national security and rubbishes national pride.

HURIWA added thus: “We recall that around June 2016, a eading Nigerian doctor had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of reneging on a promise to end ‘medical tourism’ by seeking treatment in the UK. Statistics show that Nigerians spent $1bn (£690m) on foreign medical trips in 2013, most of which unnecessary, said Dr Osahon Enabulele. Nigerian politicians were mostly treated by Nigerian doctors in the UK, “he added.”

HURIWA also cited news report attributed to Dr Enabulele, vice-president of the Commonwealth Medical Association, saying that it was a “national shame” that Mr Buhari went to the UK for treatment when Nigeria had more than 250 ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, as well as a National Ear Centre. President Buhari should lead by example by using Nigerian doctors and facilities, and ensure government officials do not go abroad on ‘frivolous’ medical trip.”

HURIWA quoted Dr. Enabulele  as revealing that the UK had more than 3,000 Nigerian-trained doctors, and the US more than 5,000, accusing the government of failing to address the brain drain by improving working conditions and health centres.

Buhari, had in a speech delivered on his behalf to the Nigeria Medical Association in April 2019, said the government’s hard-earned cash would not be spent on treating officials overseas, especially when Nigeria had the expertise.

Besides, the rights group said the president had personally condemned medical tourism which he claims drains Nigeria of resources just as HURIWA said it was hypocritical for the president to continue engaging in medical tourism.

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In April 2019,Buhari had lamented that Nigeria loses over N400billion annually to medical tourism and urged stakeholders to join hands to find a solution to it.

The president urged  the course participants of the Senior Executive Course, SEC 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, to provide solutions to issues that could close the gaps in the institutional, legal and policy frameworks for funding universal healthcare delivery for the good of the country.

HURIWA then said: “If Buhari is honest, he would have deployed the right resources since 2015 to fix the health infrastructures and even build a state-of-the-art medical centre to invite his British born medical doctors to relocate to Nigeria to avoid doing the same thing the President condemns. Also since 2015, the Nigerian National Assembly keeps voting billions of naira to fund the running of the presidential Clinics in Asorock but regrettable only few Months back the President’s Wife Aisha Buhari accused the management of the health facility in the president’s official complex of misusing the yearly budgets for the health institutions because according to her the clinics lacked common syringes.

We in HURIWA are shocked that the same president that makes heavy weather of fighting corruption has done nothing about this damaging allegation of corruption made by his Wife but only yesterday, the president an administered oath of secrecy on his staff in a bid to undermine the anti-graft crusade purportedly being carried out by the same government.”

 

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U.K. Magazine Condemns Corruption In Buhari’s Govt, Army, Police

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The London-based news magazine, The Economist, has condemned what it identified as corruption and ineptness in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and the police.

The 178-year-old magazine said this in an editorial titled, ‘The Crime Scene at the Heart of Africa,’ which was published in its October 23, 2021, issue.

It said due to Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy, food prices had soared while life had become more difficult for Nigerians.

The editorial read in part : “Economic troubles are compounded by a government that is inept and heavy-handed. Mr Buhari, who was elected in 2015, turned an oil shock into a recession by propping up the naira and barring many imports in the hope this would spur domestic production.

“Instead he sent annual food inflation soaring above 20 per cent. He has failed to curb corruption, which breeds resentment. Many Nigerians are furious that they see so little benefit from the country’s billions of petrodollars, much of which their rulers have squandered or stolen.”

The Economist stated that even before COVID-19 last year, Nigeria was already witnessing unprecedented poverty.

The news magazine opined that this economic hardship was fuelling the current insecurity in the country.

“Two factors help explain Nigeria’s increasing instability: a sick economy and a bumbling government. Slow growth and two recessions have made Nigerians poorer, on average, each year since oil prices fell in 2015.

“Before COVID-19, 40 per cent of them were below Nigeria’s extremely low poverty line of about $1 a day. If Nigeria’s 36 states were stand-alone countries, more than one-third would be categorised by the World Bank as

“low-income” (less than $1,045 a head). Poverty combined with stagnation tends to increase the risk of civil conflict,” it argued.

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The Economist gave the Nigerian Army a dressing down, describing the military organisation as only strong on paper.

It alleged that the army had ghost workers on its payroll and often sold equipment to insurgents who destabilise the nation.

The news magazine said the Nigeria Police Force was poorly trained and underpaid hence they rob innocent citizens in order to augment their salaries.

The editorial further read: “When violence erupts, the government does nothing or crack heads almost indiscriminately. Nigeria’s Army is mighty on paper. But many of its soldiers are ‘ghosts’ who exist only on the payroll, and much of its equipment is stolen and sold to insurgents. The army is also stretched thin, having been deployed to all of Nigeria’s states.

“The police are understaffed, demoralised and poorly trained. Many supplement their low pay by robbing the public they have sworn to protect.”

It called on the Department of State Services to stop disobeying court orders and release all those being detained illegally.

The Economist described as scandalous the refusal of the Nigerian government to arrest and prosecute any of the security operatives that killed protesters in Lagos last year.

The news magazine said in order to stop the slide towards lawlessness, Nigeria’s government should make its own forces obey the law.

The editorial further read: “Soldiers and police who murder or torture should be prosecuted. That no one has been held accountable for the slaughter of perhaps 15 peaceful demonstrators against police abuses in Lagos last year is a scandal. The secret police should stop ignoring court orders to release people who are being held illegally. This would not just be morally right, but also practical: young men who see or experience state brutality are more likely to join extremist groups.”

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The news magazine noted that Nigeria was home to one of the largest film industries in the world and had the most successful start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa.

It argued that despite the great potential of the country, youths were beginning to emigrate in droves because of the sorry state of Nigeria.

 

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Govt Recaptures 262 Escaped Inmates From Oyo Correctional Facility

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The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) says 262 inmates from the 837 who escaped from the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town have been recaptured.

The Spokesperson of the NCS Oyo command, Olanrewaju Anjorin, in a statement on Saturday in Ibadan, said while 262 escaped inmates had been recaptured, 575 were still at large.

It was reported that suspected gunmen invaded the facility on Friday at about 9.30 p.m., blowing up the facility with dynamite and freeing all 837 awaiting trial inmates.

Mr Anjorin said, “All the awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody, the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.

“Meanwhile, a total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured leaving 575 still at large.”

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According to him, “the State Controller, Noel Ailewon, has commenced the process of search and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident.”

Assuring the public the fleeing inmates will be recaptured, the spokesperson said credible intelligence was needed to assist security agencies to track down the inmates.

He said the Oyo Custodial Centre was established in 2007 with a capacity of 160 inmates but had a total population of 907 at the time of the attack.

“Of this number, awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92 per cent with just 64 convicts,” Mr Anjorin said.

(NAN)

 

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How My Father Was Jailed For Not Sending Me To School – Atiku

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has narrated how his father was jailed for failing to send him to school while he was growing up as a teenager.

The former presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stated this while delivering a speech at the Baze University Graduation ceremony in Abuja on Friday.

Atiku also said that his father later embraced the idea of education and despite his humble background, he enjoyed quality education for free.

In his speech titled “Solving Nigeria’s Education Challenges”, Atiku said : “I was a schoolboy and a herdsboy, and I fed my family.

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“When I was 11 years old, my father drowned and died while crossing a river in the neighbourhood. He was not up to 40 years.

“Being an only child, I was raised by my maternal grandparents. I remember, sometimes we could barely afford one meal a day.

“Despite my difficult background, I went to school for free, in fact, I was paid to go to school.

“Initially, my father did not buy the idea of me going to school, for which he had to go to jail. I furthered my education to other tertiary institutions. I was the Students Union President at the School of Hygiene, Kano.

“My journey to education is different from yours. Your parents may have paid tuition fees for your education, but you did not have to rear cattle for food. However, both you and I got educated eventually. The paths may be different; nonetheless, the destination remains the same. Let us help others to reach their destination too.”

 

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