Falana advocates law barring Nigerian public office holders from going abroad for medical treatment
The Human rights activist, Femi Falana has advocated a law barring all public office holders from travelling out of the country on health grounds for treatment in foreign countries, stressing that they should be treated in Nigeria.
Penpushing reports that, Falana made the call on Thursday at the first anniversary of the late Mohammed Fawehinmi Lecture and Book Presentation in Lagos, stressing that the public office holders must die in Nigeria if need arises.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who spoke on the theme, “Nigerian Masses And The Election”, declared that enough of embarking on health tourism, and commended Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for undergoing knee surgery in one of the hospitals in the country and called on the government to pay more attention to developing the health sector.
“Enough of health tourism. Anybody who holds public office must be treated in Nigeria for any health challenge. Public office holders must die here’, the known frankly speaking human right activist declared.
Penpushing further reports that, said the business of the 2023 general election should not be taken as a joke and advised the people to challenge their various candidates on salient issues, noting that the 2023 general election was beyond religion and ethnicity.
“The business of next year is not a joke. The people must challenge their parties to address the various issues the country is facing. Questions should be asked on health issues, Academic Staff Union of University strike, insecurity, economy and their position on all these issues and how they plan to end them for good. I don’t care which party you belong to; what is important is that people should ask questions and reject the high living conditions in the country,” he said
Penpushing also reports that, Falana urged Nigerian Government to address the issue of the exchange rate which had become worrisome, and equally described the late Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of late legal luminary as a defender of the masses, who despite his physical challenge, contributed his quota to the development of the country.
”Mohammed lived a life worthy of commendation and impacted so many lives positively. He kept the flag flying doing justice just like his father, a great Nigerian and a passionate human rights activist,” Mr Falana said.
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