Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, have commenced a nationwide strike despite the Federal Government’s efforts to stop the action.
Recall that the president Mohammadu Buhari’s personal assistant on media and publicity, Femi Adesina had announced that the president will be visiting London to meet with his doctors for a routine medical checkup.
Meanwhile, Nigerians expressing their anger over the decision of the president to visit London again for a medical trip after budgeting billions of naira annually without any meaningful impact in the health sector, Nigerians in London has vowed to chase President Buhari back to London.
They said the president must be chased back to Nigeria so that he can use the world class hospital he built back home rather than visiting London.
However, NARD gave the explanation on Thursday in a message posted on the association’s Twitter account, @nard_nigeria.
It reads, “Nigerians must understand that we love them and the strike is not intended to hurt them but to challenge the Nigerian government @MBuhari @Fmohnigeria @LabourMinNG whose responsibilities amongst others is to care for her citizens and labour force to do the needful.
NARD had said a few days ago that it would embark on an indefinite strike beginning from April 1 if the Federal Government failed to meet its demands.
The doctors’ grievances include the non-payment of salaries of between three to five months to some house officers and the non-recruitment of house officers.
The strike is happening at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari is in London for a medical check-up.