Lamenting the spate of killings, insecurity and broken health system in Nigeria, a human rights activist, Comrade Femi Aborisade, says there is a collapse of the government in Nigeria.
Aborisade also blamed politicians for the awful state of Nigeria’s health sector and how prominent public figures like President Muhammadu Buhari fly abroad to receive medical care.
Speaking with SaharaReporters at the 23rd commemoration of the death of the late Kudirat Abiola (wife of the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola), Aborisade said Kudirat fought for the abolition of poverty but the Nigerian government has successfully compounded the problem.
He pointed out that, if she were to be alive, Kudirat would have demanded an improvement in the provision of health care for the country.
While calling for a revamp of the health sector also demanded that medical tourism by politicians and highly ranked civil servants should be immediately stopped.
“Like Kudirat, we should be insisting that health care should be free in Nigeria and our rulers should stop embarking on medical tourism.
“They should also seek health care in Nigeria. If they are able to do that, they will be able to revamp the health sector. It is because they have the opportunities to go abroad that they have abandoned the majority of Nigerians to a collapsed state of medical care,” Aborisade said.
Commenting on the state of the economy, Aborisade stated that the poor economy and rising insecurity in the country signified a total collapse and absence of government from the people.
“The index of the seriousness of poverty today can be seen in the unprecedented insecurity and fear life. No one can predict whether he or she can live in Nigeria tomorrow because there is a collapse of the government.
“The constitution provides that the primary purpose of government is the welfare and security of the people but when the government is unable to provide security, that symbolizes the total collapse and absence from the point of view of the masses.”
SaharaReporters, New York