““President Mohammadu Buhari has resolved to curb medical tourism by supporting initiatives from individuals and groups,” Mamora said. “We are focused on improving working conditions in the hospitals because medical tourism is not necessarily an outcome of lack of medical equipment. It encompasses factors like lack of conducive hospital environment and poor attitude of health workers towards health care delivery.” (The Cable – ‘Buhari has resolved to curb medical tourism, says minister’ 05.11.2019).
There are some stories you cannot make up. Sometimes some stories that are too good to be true. Like reading the scripture and seeing the Holy Ghost. It is just a amazing experience. Today was one of them moments. As the President and his handlers are on a private visit to London, again. Surely for some check-ups and medical care, not only signing of laws and acting Presidential from Abuja House. He surely will act aloof too.
“It is estimated that 30,000 Nigerians travel abroad every year for medical care and spend about $1billion in the process, and about a quarter of the sum was spent in India in 2012. Realization of the potential benefits to the economy if such expenditures are retained locally has prompted several reactions including calls for restriction of government sponsorship of public officials and channeling of more resources toward the health sector” (Helpman Associates – ‘Medical Tourism, Demographics and Nigeria’s Health System’ 28.09.2019).
In this regard, the President and his minister has stated that they have targeted the medical tourism aka himself and his comrades. Which I have a hard time believing as the state haven’t sufficient funds for the health care in the Republic, neither has it invested in the term of Buhari significantly in it. I’m sure that Jubril of Sudan has done more in Khartoum, than what Buhari has done in Abuja, Kano or in Port Harcourt.
Just look at the past of the President:
“LONDON — After a blackout of close to three months — and a blizzard of speculation — Nigerians have caught sight of their elusive leader, 3,000 miles from home. President Muhammadu Buhari has not been seen since leaving Africa’s most populous country, which is battling an economic crisis, terrorism and a regional famine, for medical treatment at the beginning of May” (Eoghan Macguire – ‘Nigerian President Buhari Pictured in London After Three Months Off Grid’ 25.07.2017).
“ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, who has urged politicians not to go abroad to seek medical care, has traveled to Britain on his fifth official trip to see a doctor there. Mr. Buhari, 75, left for London on Monday for a four-day visit, setting off renewed concerns about his health” (..) “The president is scheduled to return to Nigeria on Saturday, at which point he will have spent more than 170 days in London on official medical leave since becoming president in 2015” (Emmanuel Akinwotu – ‘Nigeria’s President Draws Criticism for Seeking Medical Care Abroad’ 08.05.2018).
We can see the money spent and the amount of people doing it. Not just the public officials, MPs and the President. Therefore, the elite can afford to get health care abroad, but the ordinary Nigerian cannot.
That is why the state have to do something about this. Actually invest and use own funds to get the Health Care Facilities up to scratch. Instead of travelling abroad and do it in India or in the United Kingdom. Which the President most likely is doing now and have done for over a 170 days since his term begun.
Buhari should look at his own actions, before directing anyone else. He knows what his up too and he pledges allegiance to the Queens Medical Treatment and not the ones of the Republic. That is the mere reality of it all. Peace.
ECOWAS, AU and the UN call on all candidates, political parties and indeed all Nigerians to continue to exercise patience, calm and restraint.
DAKAR, Senegal, February 26, 2019 – The attention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) has been drawn to the rejection of the results of the presidential election of 23 February, 2019 by one of the participating political parties, even as they are still in the process of being released.
ECOWAS, AU and the UN call on all candidates, political parties and indeed all Nigerians to continue to exercise patience, calm and restraint, in order to allow for the full results of the election to be released by the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC).
At the conclusion of the process, all aggrieved parties and persons are encouraged to resort to legal means to seek redress, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of Nigeria, and as previously agreed in the Peace Accord of 13 February, 2019.
The Commonwealth Group observed followed the pre-election campaign, voting, counting and collation processes.
LONDON, United Kingdom, February 25, 2019 – The Commonwealth Group observing Nigeria’s general election has concluded that despite difficulties faced during the vote, “for the most part, Nigerians had the opportunity to express their will and exercise their franchise.”
In its Interim Statement released today, the Group called on political parties to reject violence, while also commending the people of Nigeria for their commitment to democracy, including positive steps taken for women and youth participation in politics.
“Election-related violence and loss of life, which occurred in a number of places, is deeply troubling. Nigeria can do better. Violence has no place in a modern democracy,” stated Chairperson Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, noting that several reports of violence were received by the Group. “Those responsible should be held accountable. We encourage all political parties to honour their commitments in the National Peace Accord and reject violence.”
The Group welcomed the signing of the National Peace Accord, and noted that while the campaign environment was tense and divisive, overall, “fundamental freedoms of association, expression, assembly and movement were generally respected”.
On polling day, Commonwealth observes witnessed a number of key challenges, including delays in the distribution of election materials, late opening of polling units, technical problems with Smart Card Readers, and inconsistency in polling procedures.
The Group also noted that 11.2 million Permanent Voter Cards (required for voting) out of 84 million were not collected. Consequently, more than 13 percent of all registered voters could not vote.
Notwithstanding the challenges, Commonwealth observers were impressed by the hard work and dedication of polling staff. They commended the youth of Nigeria, especially the National Youth Service Corps, for their invaluable contribution to the electoral process. They welcomed the passing of the Not Too Young To Run Act in 2018, as a significant first step to enable youth participation, and noted some progress in the number of female political candidates. The Group encouraged stronger action to promote genuine inclusion.
“We trust that the final stages of collation and announcement of results will be handled in a transparent and credible manner,” said Dr. Kikwete. “The people of Nigeria have demonstrated patience and commitment to their democracy. We appeal to them to maintain the same commitment in the post-election period.”
The Commonwealth Group observed followed the pre-election campaign, voting, counting and collation processes. The Group’s full assessment on the electoral process as a whole, setting out its recommendations in greater detail, will be submitted to the Commonwealth Secretary-General at a later stage.