Shameless Nigeria: Waiting For China, UK, Germany and India

A former Nigerian president, one Musa Yar Adua  was transported round the world because of kidney problems and he eventually died in transit and was bundled home.

For how long will this continue? What is wrong with the black people in Nigeria? What exactly is wrong with us?

Shameless Nigeria: Waiting For China, UK, Germany and India

By Adeola Aderounmu

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The topic l am about to address is on medical tourism and l have written about it on several occasions before under different headlines like “Let’s Go And die, Abroad”. A simple search on my blog with the word “hospital” will reveal that this topic is close to my heart.

In the 1950s, Nigeria had arguably the best medical facilities in Africa and one of the best medical deliveries in the world.

Fast forward to 2019, Nigerians are dying like cockroaches and rats as a result of absence of basic medical facility. Rural and localized health care have been thrown to the thrash.

Poverty has ravaged Nigeria. My term, “mass poverty” has now been adopted by the WHO and other institutions and renamed “multidimensional poverty”.

A poor, sick person in Nigeria dies without medical attention.

An income earner who gets sick spends all of his/her income and life savings on treatment.

Irrespective of your status, serious illness in Nigeria may become terminal and end your life even when medical sciences have solutions or medications that can prolong your life.

There are other variables that interplay with the situations highlighted above that determine the outcomes of various troubles with our health situations in Nigeria. For example, an accident may lead to death even when the accident is not life threatening.

Nigerians have now resolved to the social media mainly Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to carry out funding for sick members of their families and close friends. In very many situations, sick people are left to die at home or in some ill-equipped medical facilities where the sick person is primarily responsible for procurement of medicine and payment for treatment.

Rich people travel abroad to China, England, Germany and India amongst other places overseas in order to receive treatments for various categories of illnesses. Nigeria’s corrupt politicians travel primarily to UK for treatment. The list is endless of where our politicians and rich people end up when they are sick.

As you are aware, Buhari is an out-patient in a London hospital and he had been a dictator in the early 80s and now a president since the last 4 years.

In my opinion, Nigerian politicians deserved to be arrested and sentenced to life time imprisonment starting with Buhari. I do not understand why in the last 4 years for example, he could not revitalize the health sector so that he can stay in Nigeria to receive medical help for his ailments.

I do not understand why the rich people in Nigeria are so foolish that they cannot use their wealth to build hospitals with world class facilities so that they can stay in Nigeria rather than risk long flights to reach help abroad.

I do not understand why Nigerians can come together only to protest against rape and not against poor medical conditions in the country. I do not understand why we have to raise funds on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook for every sick person in Nigeria who need specialized help.

Nigerian doctors are scattered around the world and performing miracles every day in various hospitals around the world. The same is for our nurses. But back home in Nigeria, we have stubbornly refused to revitalize our health sector.

It is not only our health sector that has suffered. Invariably all aspects of our lives have suffered due to the impacts of politics. In 1966 the military coups derailed Nigeria and led us to a civil war. Some people said it was a genocide.

But we are under a system of government that has brought the dominance of the Fulanis and a very obvious failed system of governance.

What is the significance of all our brilliant minds when we cannot disown this useless system that has brought us to our knees, a system that has promoted genocide, terrorism and outright elevation of poverty beyond comprehensible proportions.

The unitary system was/is a free fall from our glorious heights in the 1950s to probably the most useless country to be born or live today.

It is very disgusting how we carry on hoping that things will get better whereas they are getting worse.

In recent weeks, billionaire businessman Otedola donated 50 000 dollars to former Nigerian international Christian Chukwu so he could receive treatment abroad. Christian is healthy now and back to Nigeria. Several people did not make it. They died at home or in a dilapidated Nigerian clinic/hospital.

I know a young man whose live is now hanging in the balance. He needs millions of naira to get to China for treatment. Funds are being raised on the social media, again! It does not have to be this way. There is a government in Lagos state. Why are kidney problems and other illnesses not treatable in Nigeria?

What would it take to divert bullion vans from the homes of politicians to investment in our health? What are we supposed to do so that we can be treated with dignity in our country, on our ancestral home?

A former Nigerian president, one Musa Yar Adua  was transported round the world because of kidney problems and he eventually died in transit and was bundled home.

For how long will this continue? What is wrong with the black people in Nigeria? What exactly is wrong with us?

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10 Reasons Why Yar’ Adua Should Resign..!

By Adeola Aderounmu

Yar’ Adua continues to receive treatment for his ailments overseas. No excuse will be enough to justify why a man who ruled a state for 8 years and a wealthy country like Nigeria for 2 years cannot build a state of the art hospital in Katsina or Abuja so that he can have direct access to medical treatment.

It is not impossible that the frequent treatment that Yar Adua is receiving overseas might be gulping millions of naira each time. Tax payers’ money so recklessly spent is inhuman and wicked. If the ruler of a country travels abroad to receive treatment, what is the fate of the helpless poor masses? What is the fate of Nigerian children, pregnant women and the elderly? This shame is unbearable for the normal people in Nigeria, Umaru should resign!

It must be repeated as often as necessary that Yar’ Adua was not elected. That he admitted it is not enough. He has a moral obligation to let go of what he got illegally and against the wish of the Nigerian people. If Yar’ Adua is a normal human being or an educated graduate that we are told he is, then he should know that acquisition of power by falsehood is a depiction of daftness. The knowledge of books or letters does not translate to intellectualism. Only thieves claim things by falsehood, lying and stealing.

One of the rare moments when Yar’ Adua made good a promise was when he set up the panel that examined the electoral process in Nigeria. But like the dictators before him, he has decided not to abide by all the recommendations of the Electoral Committee. Political analysts asserted that the National Assembly can actually adopt the entire recommendations. Those lazy crooks! However the struggle for the actualisation of those recommendations has been sustained by Pro-Democratic groups and the NLC. Causing Nigerians these unnecessary pains and agonies is enough for the clueless idle dude in Aso Rock to return to his village.

Yar’ Adua and his gang have refused and failed to grant all Nigerians a fair chance to attain their fullest potential. The Nigerian Education system today is a complete disaster. The entire blame is not on this lazy government but the fact that after 2 wasteful and destructive years in power they never came up with reasonable steps or attempts to prevent the deterioration in the sector. Most of the unscrupulous politicians and government officials have given their own children the best of education in Nigerian private schools and also at colleges and universities abroad. This is unfair and the man who oversees a failed system should give way, immediately.

In a previous article, I have discussed the scam called vision 20-2020 and the fake 7-point agenda. Yar’ Adua is a liar. What can he point to after 2 years that shows that Nigeria will be a strong economy in 2020? If he decides to go all the way to 2011 Yar’ Adua has a limited time left to show what bravery is all about. Let him try to round off all his former colleagues who stole from the coffers of government when they served as state governors. He should bring them and other crooks in government to justice as a genuine first step towards 20-2020. In the absence of such a sincere commitment, Yar’ Adua should immediately stop the 419, 7p agenda/vision 20-2020 and return to Katsina.

Yar Adua has intimidated and bullied some jelly-hearted governors into the PDP fold. That is Yar Adua’s way of deepening Nigeria’s democracy. Bringing everyone into PDP with a promise for automatic selection in 2011 is Yar Adua’s way of restructuring government’s staff. Seriously the inefficiency and sourness of this illegal administration are extremely disgusting. Yar Adua should return to his village before Nigeria tops the list of failed states. We are getting there too quickly.

Yar’Adua has failed woefully in the area of infrastructure. Where is the mass transportation that he promised 2 years ago? Where are the railroads? Where are the jobs? Yar’Adua promised a dramatic development in power generation, transmission and distribution. Indeed the development has been more than dramatic? Who would have thought that Nigeria will be envelope in total eclipse of darkness by 6pm each day? There is nothing wrong if the man under whose notorious command electricity became a relic in Nigeria is also shown the way out by people power. Are Nigerians not tired of Yar’ Adua?

Yar’Adua committed genocide in the Niger Delta because he had no single clue on how the lingering crisis can be resolved. Out of shame and in one of the most fascinating ironies of modern history he declared amnesty to the winning party. Peace in the Niger Delta demands a holistic approach. The starting point will be the trial of Obasanjo and Yar Adua for acts of genocides. The continuation will be the prosecution of all the past and present looters who called themselves Niger Delta Governors or South-South Governors.

The sincerity of a legitimate government working hand-in-hand with disciplined oil industries in the Delta will bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta through the application of justice and fairness in all dealings. Pertinent issues relating to environmental degradation, general pollution, health care, employment opportunities and provision of social amenities/infrastructure cannot be compromised, not even by a fake amnesty. It’s simple logic: no justice, no peace!

By way of repetition Yar’ Adua lied when he said that he will intensify the war against corruption. Mrs. Clinton was blunt when she said that in the last 2 years the anticorruption agency is dead in Nigeria. This is the handiwork of Yar’Adua. He succumbed to pressure to appoint a stooge for the corrupt governors who worked under Obasanjo. By so doing Yar’Adua totally killed the anticorruption war in Nigeria. Farida Waziri is product of maladministration and evil connivance. By refusing to fight corruption from the top Yar’Adua accelerated the spread of poverty in Nigeria. No meaningful impact will be felt on the economy by witch-hunting or titbit war on corruption by using certain out-of-favour persons as victims. The missing word in the fight against corruption is TOTAL.

The failed PDP government said Mrs. Clinton was misinformed when she declared that Nigeria has a leadership problem. PDP also said that Hilary’s comments about the EFCC are out of place. For making this type of foolish comments, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP Rufai Ahmed Alkali is one of the greatest enemies of Nigeria and should be avoided like a plague. As a Nigerian, I want to state categorically that I don’t need a Mrs. Clinton to know that Nigeria has no leaders. Nigeria has a very big leadership problem.

Nigeria’s self appointed leaders are the biggest obstacle to the development of Nigeria. The story goes on and EFCC is a failed institution because all the corrupt politicians in Nigeria under the previous and present dispensations are all free people. PDP as it is today is the most evil organisation on the surface of Africa because of the impact of the attitudes and actions displayed under the PDP banner and the effects on the lives of over 140m black Africans 75% of whom are completely hopeless. Does R.A Alkali not know this before Clinton visited Abuja?

Yar’ Adua promised to be a worthy personal example. Has he done this by travelling overseas every now and then for treatments? Has he been a good example by travelling to Brazil when Nigeria was boiling courtesy of failure of governance which resulted to the rise of Boko Haram? What type of example has Umaru provided by eliminating a whole community in Bayelsa State using the Obasanjo Odi Approach (OOA)? What type of example would make a man stupidly coerce other people into the PDP because of the promise of automatic election victories in 2011? Is that how democracy can develop in Nigeria?

When Yar Adua visited Imo State everything was closed down for his sake, school children were forced to wear uniforms on a Saturday and markets were closed down. These are the hallmarks of dictatorship. Yar’ Adua and individuals of like-traits have no businesses in our quest to build a nation which by 2100 should by among the league of developed countries in the world, if we start the process of change today. To make our dreams come true when our grandchildren start arriving Yar’ Adua should give way now. Delay is dangerous!

Our Lives in our hands…

By Adeola Aderounmu.

If Umaru Yar’Adua keeps flying to Germany every other day for medical checkups and randomized treatments, there is definitely no hope yet for the Nigerian masses plagued by poverty and very serious health infirmities. If the one in whom we entrust our health care seeks succour beyond the borders of Nigeria (and in fact Africa) then the rest of us must know that our lives are in our hands.

Shame which is a virtue in Nigerian politics is the only word that I found to describe this action of the number one citizen in Nigeria. It is a clear revelation of the gross incompetence of Umaru not just as an individual but as an administrator or ex-governor. For example, if I was the former governor of Katsina State for 8 years, I would have used my influence and position to build a specialized hospital to take care of my peculiar health needs. By so doing, I would have provided a unique opportunity for other people who have the same or similar problems within my state and elsewhere in Nigeria.

Really, how much can it cost to facilitate the building of such a specialized hospital at the federal level supposing the cost of building it surpasses the state health allocations for 8 years? If that was the only achievement in Katsina State’s Department of Health between 1999 and 2003, would it have been a selfish gain? Does it require the building of a new hospital to take care of Umaru’s special needs? Was any attempt made to incorporate what he needs into an existing health institution anywhere in Nigeria?

We must constantly remind ourselves of some unforgivable/ severe shortcomings of the people who lead us in Nigeria. Umaru is definitely bringing shame to Nigeria with this particular attitude of his. For instance, how does this flying out for health reason help Nigeria in terms of enticing foreign investors to Nigeria? In 21st century Global Village scenario, Nigeria cannot provide electricity to run businesses and Umaru is making it clear that the health of Nigerians and foreigners in Nigeria cannot be catered for in Nigeria.

My humble advice is that Umaru should with immediate effect lay a foundation in Abuja for the construction of the carbon copy of that hospital that he is always running or flying to in Germany. He should also make sure that the hospital is completed in a world record timing without neglecting regulations, standards and safety. In addition, he should ensure that replicas are constructed in at least 6 other places spread over Nigeria.

When that is done, Umaru should personally work closely with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that the hospitals are equipped not only with the state of art facilities but also with the best hands in Nigeria. If there is a need to recall Nigerian doctors or experts from the Middle East, Australia or the US then let it be done. We cannot possibly succumb to any form of inferiority complex that Nigerian doctors are not better than those in Germany. It is part of government’s responsibilities to provide the infrastructure and the environment that will facilitate optimum output and efficiency.

If that kind of specialized hospital that exists in Germany is found in Nigeria and if our best doctors work there at home, Umaru would have no need to fly 6 hours in air just to see a doctor or the edifice itself. Afterall, Nigerian doctors are among the best in the world and they are scattered all over planet earth. The other day I was treated by a Nigerian doctor at the Famous Karolinska Hospital here in Stockholm. He told me he is from the old Bendel State and that he had been living and working outside Nigeria since the mid 70s!

These pieces of advice can serve as the stepping stones for the revamping of Nigeria’s ailing health industry. Without setting up any tea drinking or money-dividing committee, there are possibilities to establish, develop and maintain viable health policies that will work for all and sundry in Nigeria.

It is not too much to ask that the health industry must work. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Nigerians must stop the shameful seeking of basic health care from neighbouring countries and the confidence that we have in our health institutions and health providers can only be restored if the leadership truly leads by desirable examples.