Dear Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu et al,
Although I had decided to remain quiet concerning the health of Mr President because my profession does not permit me to discuss somebody’s health in the public, when I read varying reports from you people, my spirit was stirred within me.
A wise soldier, they say, knows when to run and when to fight hence a good spokesperson knows when to talk and when to remain quiet. Initially we were told that Mr President went on a vacation abroad and that Mr President would use the opportunity to keep an appointment with his doctors abroad.
Later on, we heard that Mr President’s jet was undergoing maintenance hence his return might be postponed. Finally, we were told that the postponement was due to the series of medical tests Mr President was undergoing abroad.
That, of course, was the last struck that broke the Carmel’s back as I could no longer condone the deceit hence this publication. What do you guys take us for, Pupils at the Kindergarten? Do you think that the economic recession your government put us into has affected our memory?
There is no doubt that Mr President can be sick or enjoy a vacation just like any other mortal but our concern is why abroad? Is he not the same president that preaches the patronisation of our locally made goods and services?
In about two years of his administration, can’t he fix those things in our health sector that make people travel abroad for medical tourism? The Igbos say that ‘I bi debe nwa ogaranya, o bughi uru o buru oghom’, meaning living close to the rich is either beneficial or disadvantageous .
You will agree with me that poor Nigerians who have the same ailment as Mr President are at loss because instead of Mr President using his health challenges to order for the revamping of the ENT units in our so-called tertiary hospitals (so that all Nigerians with same ailments can benefit) he is abroad spending tax payers’ money in foreign currencies.
If this his foreign trip affects the implementation of our 2017 budget, the poor masses ,of course, will pay for it as he will simply increase their costs of living through increment in the PMS pump price, electricity bills et cetera. Then you will come out to tell us to sacrifice for the country.
I will advise you to keep quiet because there is no justification for Mr President’s recent travel either for a vacation or for medical tourism abroad.
Good luck Jonathan in 2011 travelled to Obudu cattle ranch in Cross River state for a similar vacation/retreat. By so doing, the money Jonathan would pay foreigners entered the coffers of Cross River state government.
We are not asking him to go to Cross River state for a vacation because that is a PDP state that falls under his 5%, we are only telling him to spend his vacation in the country, preferably in any APC state that is among his 97% so that we will not be spending our money to foreigners.
Jonathan put into practice what he preached, he repeatedly assured Nigerians that none of his children was schooling abroad. We now have a ‘Changing’ president who insists that the change begins with us and not with him. His economic policies destroyed our naira in the presence of other international currencies.
On the other hand, saying that Mr President travelled abroad in order to keep an appointment with his doctors, that again vindicates resident doctors who are insisting that facilities in our tertiary hospitals are in a state of squalor/decrepit. What do you know in medical practice?
If our hospitals’ facilities are in good shape, what Mr President’s doctors abroad would do, after Mr President’s initial medical visit to London hospital last year, was to give him a referral letter so that our Otorrhinolaryngologists (Ear, Nose and Throat specialists) would continue his treatment locally.
You just like our Nollywood directors will use your shallow knowledge of hospital practices to issue official statements to the citizenry, believing that Nigerians will accept it that way or that the medical practitioners in the country can easily be hoodwinked.
At times, I pity people who are employed to defend their President’s actions which at times may be against their will. Meanwhile, W.B. Yeats in his poem, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, described such people who are under compulsion/oath to defend their paymaster(s) or country as;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;
I know in your heart of hearts, you know that Mr President’s recent travel abroad is against what he preaches because many deaths that occur in Nigeria are preventable only if our government can provide the rightful medical equipment.
Also, Lucky Philip Dube in his music, Political Games, asked you politicians the following salient questions :
How do you feel when you lie?
Straight faced while people cry
How do you feel when you promise something
That you know you’ll never do
Giving false hope to the people
Giving false hope to the underprivileged
Do you really sleep at night?
When you know you’re living a lie