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Health strike: PDP faults Buhari’s refusal to act

National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday in Abuja, said the refusal by
President Muhammadu Buhari to address the devastating strike action by health workers across the
country is a clear manifestation of his insensitivity to the plight and suffering of Nigerians.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party lamented the anguish
of hundreds of Nigerians who are abandoned and dying by the day in public hospitals, “just because
President Buhari and the 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 solutions to the problem, Mr. President abandoned the striking health
workers and chose to organise and attend a political rally in Jigawa State for a doomed 2019 re-election
bid.
“Such aloofness by government is directly responsible for the escalation of killings and bloodletting in
Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kogi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna States and other 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
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 organisations 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 health crisis.”

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