Nigerian Medical Association and Resident Doctors speak on President Buhari’s health
Nigerian doctors have expressed their dissatisfaction over the Presidency’s handling of circumstances surrounding the president’s extended stay in London for medical tests and results. They said that the refusal to disclose the president’s ailment was generating confusion, suspicion and distrust among Nigerians.
According to the National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Mike Ogirima, there ought to be openness on the issue. He revealed that nobody is above sickness, but transparency on the part of the presidency would lay to rest doubt, “speculation and confusion surrounding the matter”.
“Nigerians deserve to know the nature of the sickness afflicting their president,” he said.
Also reacting, National President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. John Onyebueze said keeping Buhari’s ailment secret, had already created suspicion in the mind of the public.
His words: “In a family where a father or mother is sick and the circumstance surrounding the illness is hidden from the children, this creates suspicion and mutual distrust.
“As a nation and country, we don’t need this distrust. The nature of the president’s ailment should be disclosed. Nigerians praying for Buhari should know the exact nature of his illness to enable them channel their prayers properly.
“As individuals, as Nigerians and as patriotic citizens of this country, we empathise with President Buhari and his family over the health challenges facing him.
“We should rally round and pray for the quick recovery of the President, rather than make a jest of the situation. He needs our support, our prayers and everything we can do as citizens to support him.”
Onyebueze admitted that ‘this does not take away the fact that we should not constructively criticise the government for improvement and the betterment of the country’.
“If the health sector has been given all the necessary and adequate attention it deserves, Nigerians seeking medical attention would not be travelling overseas for this purpose. This includes President Buhari.”