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Buhari supports the relocation of doctors to foreign countries – Reno Omkri

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Former aide to past President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has lleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is not acting right.

He claimed that the Buhari-led government has continually allowed the brain drain of professionals to the United States.

Reno Omokri said rather than stop departure of our professionals to developed countries, Buhari and his family members have persistently supported the brain drain by going for medical treatments, schooling and shopping abroad.

Omokri noted that Buhari’s children are currently schooling in the United Kingdom, while his wife, Aisha shops there as well.

Omokri recalled  that the Saudi Royal Families used to fly to Nigeria to receive medical care at the University College Hospital in Ibadan in the 50s and 60.

He expressed concern over the fact that about 77% of all black doctors currently in America are from Nigerian.

Omokri said, “Let me ask a question: Is Nigeria not ashamed that when the BBC decided to do a story on why South Africa’s health minister feels that African leaders should be ashamed for going outside the continent for health care they used the picture of our President?

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“Think about it for a minute. Our President is now (at least in the eyes of the BBC) the poster boy for Presidential medical tourism.

“This is so sad particularly when you consider the fact (yes, a historical fact) that in the late 50s and early 60s, the Saudi Royal Family use to fly to Nigeria to receive medical care at the University College Hospital Ibadan!

“And it is not as if Nigeria lacks the manpower to staff a vibrant health sector. If we are really serious about it, we can build our health care system by repatriating our medical personnel abroad.

“There are 26,000 Nigerian medical doctors practicing in the United States alone. 77% of ALL black doctors in America are of Nigerian origin. Fact.

“And this fact is replicated in several other Western and Middle Eastern nation like the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia (where another former Nigerian President went for health tourism).

“And the thing is that our government is not acting smart. We should be working with Nigerian diaspora organizations like NIDO (Nigerians in Diaspora Organization) to get a database of Nigerian professionals abroad and working with them to provide them the enabling environment that will entice them to return home.

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“But rather than do this, the priority of our government is to order the Nigerian military to monitor the social media accounts of Nigerian citizens for “anti government” comments. “Can you imagine that!

“A President who access his healthcare in the U.K, who schools his children in the U.K, whose wife shops in the U.K, is searching for anti Nigerian comments on social media? Does he not know that he himself is the epitome of anti Nigerianness?

“The Shame of a nation is briefly summarized in these bullet points. ‘a President treated in UK

“His kids schooling in UK

“His wife shopping in UK

” But the country he governs is NIGERIA!

“But look at me talking about shame when the person who should be ashamed or not even ashamed and instead he was taunting Nigerians living in London for having the audacity to demonstrate against him!

“That President Buhari asked them to also come home shows that he does not understand the finer points of Presidential etiquette. You are asking your citizens in the U.K. to come home when your own children are as we speak schooling in that same U.K. How hypocritical, how petty can a President get? First repatriate your own children before you tell other people’s children to return home!”

 

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_