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Nigerians from all walks of life have continued to specific combined emotions over the present journey to London for medical check-up by President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly with the rising insecurity within the nation and the nationwide strike embarked upon by members of the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Docs (NARD).

DAILY POST stories that President Buhari left the shores of the nation on Tuesday, October 30, for the UK for what his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina known as ‘routine medical check-up’.

For the reason that assertion by Adesina on Monday night asserting Buhari’s journey to London, tongues have been wagging, particularly by those that felt the President’s journey is coming at a time he’s wanted on floor to supervise the myriad of challenges going through the nation, particularly within the space of safety.

Different Nigerians are, nonetheless, of a distinct view, arguing that it’s properly inside the appropriate of the President to journey for his medical wants.

The controversies the President’s journey introduced up was additional compounded by the strike launched into Thursday morning by residents docs within the nation, for which NARD had notified authorities properly earlier than Adesina introduced Buhari’s journey.

For a lot of Nigerians that spoke to DAILY POST in a random voice pop, the journey coming at a time a nationwide strike by docs was impending was an insensitive transfer by the nation’s chief, particularly contemplating the truth that the docs have real calls for that require correct and immediate consideration.

Main the cost in condemning Buhari’s newest medical tourism is the opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), which mentioned the President’s journey overseas for medical check-up is a transparent testimony of his failure within the very vital healthcare sector.

“It’s certainly worrisome that underneath President Buhari, even the hitherto extremely rated State Home Clinic, has turn out to be so moribund that it can not present a easy medical checkup service for Mr. President,” the PDP mentioned in a press release by its Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The celebration additionally insisted that the frequent journeys of the Presidential have been a drain on the nation’s treasury.

“The PDP is disturbed that whereas Mr. President jets out for medical therapy in well-equipped hospitals overseas, our hospitals and medical personnel are in a really sorry state of affairs whereas thousands and thousands of our compatriots endure,” it mentioned.

Additionally, the writer of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, in his personal response, known as on Nigerians in the UK to occupy the London hospital the place Buhari plans to have his check-up.

Describing Buhari’s journey as a waste of assets, the journalist-turned activist urged the president to have his check-up within the ‘world class’ hospital he had in-built his years in authorities.

He tweeted: “Nigerians within the UK should #occupy the hospital the place sickly @mbuhari is losing Nigeria’s assets and the Nigeria embassy in addition to Abuja Home in London, let Buhari return house and do a medical examine within the “world-class” hospital he constructed since coming to energy. #Buharimustgo!”

Becoming a member of the fray, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the minority chief of the senate, faulted Mr President’s journey, describing it as morally mistaken.

“He mentioned he would by no means go for a medical checkup throughout his marketing campaign. We have been assured that well being services could be upgraded.

“What now we have is APC saying one factor and doing one other.

“For medical check-up, you need to go all the way in which to the UK. Folks have been coming right here to do medical checkups for folks. Because of this now we have some native hospitals which have upgraded”, Abaribe mentioned.

A physician in one of many Federal Authorities owned well being services in Lagos, who most well-liked to be referred to easily as Dr. Joe, believes the President’s journey is provocative, not simply to docs and different well being staff however to each Nigerian with conscience.


In response to him, the motion of President Buhari has solely re-echoed the extent of disdain prime authorities officers have for the common Nigerian, and their go-to-hell perspective.

“That is merely provocative to say the least. How can the President journey in a foreign country for medical check-up when docs within the nation are warming up for a nationwide motion? What extra can a go-to-hell perspective than that? The President has simply proven that he can’t be bothered with no matter we’re going by way of or agitating for. He’s simply too aloof from the sentiments of most of the people and carries an I don’t care mindset.

“Although some Nigerians view our strike motion as one too many, what different choice do now we have? This authorities understands no different language than strike in any try to demand for one’s proper. The problems that led to the strike had been on the entrance burner for some time however the authorities and its functionaries selected to look away and deal with them as non-issues. So we needed to converse the very language they perceive so we will get their consideration.

“It’s baffling that no demand by staff is ever handled with seriousness till you subject a strike discover. And in addition sadly, when such occurs, they, moderately than resolving them, solely search for tactics to cease it or break the ranks of the employees. That has been their ploy however sadly, it has all the time failed. For me, now we have to face steadfast within the present motion in order that President Buhari and his authorities will cease seeing us as simply numbers that don’t matter. If he can afford to journey overseas for an bizarre medical check-up, there are such a lot of different Nigerians who don’t have that chance. So the one choice they’ve should be properly attended to”, Dr. Joe mentioned.

For Adeagbo Ojo, a instructor in Caleb Worldwide College, Lagos, who mentioned he doesn’t have any drawback with the place the President selected to be attended to medically, the timing of his journey was mistaken and insensitive. In response to him, the nation is battling with the worst type of insecurity in its historical past, except for the strike by docs, requiring the President to be on his seat to supervise efforts at returning normalcy again into the nation.

“The one drawback I’ve with Buhari’s journey is the timing. It’s coming at a time when the nation is buffeted with myriad of insecurity challenges that has rendered most elements of the nation unsafe, with folks consistently watching their backs, particularly those that have want to maneuver from one location to the opposite.

“I might have anticipated that because the Commander-in-Chief, he would have stayed again within the nation and brought efficient cost of the struggle in opposition to insurgency, banditry and the sundry felony actions bringing the nation to its knees. I might have anticipated him to remain again and monitor actively the execution of his quite a few matching orders to the safety businesses, together with these dished out at his assembly with safety chiefs on Tuesday morning. I might even have anticipated him to take cost of efforts at persuading the putting docs to not embark on it and try to resolve their grievances. However in his knowledge and that of his advisers, he selected to not.

“Truthfully, the President’s journey may have been the primary motive the putting docs selected to not shelve their industrial motion as a result of it’s provocative. How can the federal government be interesting to them to not go on strike and the pinnacle of that very same authorities selected to journey overseas for a mere check-up, if what we’re informed is true? I don’t blame the docs, although it’s unlucky that it’s the frequent man on the streets like me that can bear the brunt of the federal government’s failure to do the needful”, Ojo mentioned.

Nonetheless, President Buhari, alternatively has been defended by another Nigerians who really feel he has not achieved something mistaken in selecting to go and see his docs.

Main the cost is his Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who mentioned his journey doesn’t qualify for medical tourism as many termed it.

Shehu mentioned: “I believe there’s a false impression of the President’s journey seen within the context of medical tourism. President Buhari shouldn’t be a medical vacationer.

“If somebody has saved retainership with medical consultants, you might be speaking about 30 years and plus to look at you and so they provide you with a cross? would you be altering your docs each different 12 months as a result of there’s a likelihood that the gap will likely be shortened? No. I believe that the President is sensible and fairly right in his resolution that he retains some set of docs who’ve insured good well being for himself.”

Additionally, Mr. Haruna Tanimola, a banker with a microfinance financial institution in Ikeja, Lagos sees the criticism trailing President Buhari’s journey to London as mere idle talks by incurable haters of the current administration. In accordance President Buhari has achieved the needful earlier than travelling by giving clear orders and directives to the safety businesses because it issues insecurity. He additionally famous that Buhari has the ministers of labour and employment and that of well being dealing with the agitations by resident docs.

“I actually don’t know what Nigerians shouting all over over Buhari’s journey hope to realize from it. If the president stays again due to insecurity, will he be the one that can carry weapons and face the insurgents and bandits within the forests? Will he placed on an Military uniform and command the troops into Sambisa forest? His job is clearly said for him, commander-in-chief, not entrance the fronts, however from wherever he could also be at any given time. His job is to supply course and provides acceptable orders deemed vital.

“Additionally, if the President have been to be within the nation, will he be the one sitting on the negotiation desk with resident docs to steer them to not go on strike or negotiate their calls for? No, he has acceptable ministers who’ve been saddled with such obligations. Like I mentioned earlier, his job is to supply clear course and directions. I consider Nigerians ought to get issues proper, get knowledgeable adequately and never simply criticize for the sake of criticism”, Tanimola mentioned.

Talking alongside the road, a bureau de change operator at Airport Resort, Ikeja, Ibrahim Abu, requested if there is a perfect time or acceptable time to go for medical check-up.

He additionally questioned if these criticising the President over the timing of his journey would have shelved their scheduled ‘routine’ medical check-up for any trivial motive akin to falling numbers within the books of their locations of labor.

Abu mentioned: “We want the President to be robust and wholesome to have the ability to carry out and that’s what he’s doing, checking himself up. What’s mistaken in that? The identical people who find themselves complaining at the moment would be the first to say he ought to step apart due to ill-health if he did not care for himself. Nigerians are tough to please, so it’s not stunning. For me, Buhari has achieved no mistaken. I want him properly all the time.”


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