The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the refusal by President
Muhammadu Buhari to address the devastating strike action by health
workers across the country, is a clear manifestation of insensitivity to
the plight and suffering of Nigerians.
We lament the anguish of hundreds of Nigerians who are abandoned and
dying by the day in our public hospitals, just because President Buhari
and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC) attach no
importance to issues that concern the average Nigerian.
Is it not the height of insensitivity that while Nigerians in dire need
of medical attention are languishing, President Buhari abandoned them
without any form of intervention and embarked on medical tourism in
London with our common patrimony?
As if that was not enough, upon his return to Nigeria, instead of
summoning an emergency meeting of critical stakeholders to find solution
to the problem, Mr. President abandoned the striking health workers and
chose to organize and attend a political rally in Jigawa state for a
doomed 2019 re-election bid.
Such aloofness by the government is directly responsible for the
escalation of killings and bloodletting in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa,
Plateau, Kogi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna states and others parts of
the country, where marauders and insurgents are pillaging our citizens
as if overlooking the plight of Nigerians has become a state policy.
In the PDP, the health, security and welfare of Nigerians remain pivotal
to us and that is why we feel pained that compatriots are dying in their
numbers because of the refusal of the Buhari-led APC administration to
address the health workers’ strike.
The PDP, therefore, stands with Nigerians at this critical time. We
identify with the sick and those who have lost their loved ones under
this present circumstance and urge all public-spirited individuals,
humanitarian organizations and the international community to come to
the aid of our nation, since it has become clear that the Buhari
administration has no agenda for the health sector.
Furthermore, while we plead with the health workers to be open to ways
to solve the problem, we charge Nigerians to support one another and
adhere to all health etiquettes to forestall an outbreak of epidemic and
Finally, the world have now seen why Nigerians have reached a consensus
not to allow this insensitive and anti-people APC administration to
continue beyond 2019.