Vice President Shettima’s wife goes to U.S. to have her baby while local health facilities rot away
Not to be forgotten is that besides being vice president, Senator Kashim Shettima was the immediate past Governor of Borno State for eight years and afterwards served as a Senator for four years, yet could not provide adequate medical facility for himself and for his family.
Hajia Nana Alkali, the wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, is reportedly currently in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, to have her fourth baby.
Ace journalist, Mr. Jackson Ude, a Global Peace Ambassador and investigative journalist, who prides himself as a “hunter of corrupt politicians in Nigeria but presently resides in the United States, disclosed this to News Band on Monday.
The baby, when delivered, would become an American by birth in accordance to the extant laws of the United States of America.
Reacting to the development, Mr. Ude lamented that “Shettima left all the hospitals in Nigeria and shipped his wife to the United States to access first class medical facilities to deliver his new born while ordinary Nigerians can continue to deal with poor health facilities in the face of increasing poverty.”
According to the investigative journalist, Vice President Shettima, who is currently in China, would make a stopover in the United States to see his wife and the child.
He departed Nigeria on Sunday to represent President Bola Tinubu at the 3rd Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing, China, holding from October 16 to 18.
The vice president would join world leaders from over 130 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to deliberate on the theme, “High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation: Together for Common Development and Prosperity.”
He is expected to avail Nigeria of the platform provided by the forum to woo investors for more developmental projects.
Mr Nkwocha added that the vice president would hold bilateral meetings with other world leaders to promote Nigeria’s trade and investment relations in line with the economic development agenda of the Tinubu administration.
Not to be forgotten is that besides being vice president, Senator Shettima was the immediate past Governor of Borno State for eight years and afterwards served as a Senator for four years, yet could not provide adequate medical facility for himself and for his family.
The development involving Vice President Shettima’s wife travelling to the United States to have her baby is coming when health services are at its lowest ebb in Nigeria with local health facilities rotting away.
On June 20, 2023, News Band reported how Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State, with his Press Secretary, Abubakar Bawa, paid an unscheduled visit to the Specialist Hospital in Sokoto on tricycle and met doctors and nurses operating with torch lights due to lack of electricity supply. (Emphasis ours)
While briefing newsmen after the visit, Bawa said it was in response to the public outcry on the condition of the hospital.
He said: “The unscheduled visit, which lasted for over an hour, offered the governor an opportunity to see things for himself.
“On arrival, the governor went straight to the medical wards and was surprised to find patients, their relatives and hospital workers using torch lights.
“We met some of the nurses and patient’s relatives sitting and sleeping outside because of heat,” he said.
The nurses told the governor the hospital has been in darkness for the last nine months and that they have no option than to use torch lights to attend to their patients.
In another report on June 24, 2023, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi said his administration would declare a state of emergency in health and education sectors.
Governor Nwifuru made the remark during a courtesy visit by members of Abakaliki Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria and the management and governing council of Ebonyi State University to him.
Nwifuru said: “Many of the general hospitals in the state are not functional; how do we go about it? Now we are talking about human capital development and we are talking about the welfare of our children and elders.
“We need to declare a state of emergency in this health sector. We need to have at least one functional hospital here in Abakaliki and with our collective support we will get it right,” he said.
Considering the place of good health of citizens in engendering development, the governor said his administration will not rest on its oars until the health and education sectors are reformed to optimum capacity.
Earlier on June 13, 2023, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu embarked on a 21-day medical leave as he could not find a suitable hospital to cater for his health needs, hence was flown abroad for medical treatment, after transmitting power to the Deputy Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa.
The Ondo State House of Assembly received a letter of the medical leave from Governor Akeredolu wherein he informed the lawmakers of the development.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Olamide Oladiji explained that Mr Akeredolu embarked on 21-day leave for medical treatment abroad and will be away from June 7 to July 6, 2023.
Mr Akeredolu informed the parliament that he had designated Deputy Governor to act in his stead during the period of his treatment, saying he will be resuming work upon completion of his medical leave.
He has since returned and resumed work.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari was a regular guest of the British medical authorities.
On one of such visits, he spent a record 104 days relaxing and recuperating in a foreign soil and would not have left if Nigerians had not staged heavy protest aired LIVE asking him to leave and return to the task of governance!
Such are the horrible stories emanating from the largest black nation in the world but could not offer medical assistance to its citizens.
Unable to put up with the decrepit working conditions they find themselves, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians doctors and nurses have relocated to the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, et al.
It was once reported that a Nigerian politician was embarrassed when on landing in a foreign hospital, he found himself being attended to by a Nigerian doctor!
Hence, it may not even come as a surprise if Mrs. Shettima ended up being attended to by another doctor who “japa-ed” from Nigeria to ply his/her trade in a better and conducive environment.