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How Yar’Adua died, by ex-military medical director
Posted by: Lekan Otufodunrin
•Gives insight into death of Abacha, others
Detailed insights on the death of two former heads of state, General Sani Abacha and former President Musa Yar’Adua were given yesterday by a former medical director of the Military Hospital, Lagos, Brigadier-General Otu Oviemo Ovadje (rtd).
Oviemo, medical doctor and internationally acclaimed Nigeria Army inventor who spoke yesterday in Lagos at a symposium also revealed how a former minister in the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet and a former Kwara State governor died due to lack of necessary medical facilities in the country.
“The late Gen Abacha while in office could not undertake medical tourism but imported Filipino doctors to manage his condition. The Filipino’s made a mockery of his management by pumping steroids into him.
“The President became bloated and was thought by the un-informed as improving and gaining weight. The President’s weight gain and puffiness was largely due to fluid retention. I was privileged as a celebrated Nigerian doctor at the time to advise but there were too many uninterested aides of the Head of State. It became too late in the day. He snapped and died,” Oviemo stated.
He said it was unfortunate that the late leader could build a specialised centre to cater for his ailment, though there are more and better trained Nigerians who could have handled his case better, noting that it was profitable to bring in foreign doctors to spite the home grown, and for what is in it for them.
Oviemo attributed the death of the late President Yar’Adua from brain damage caused by severe asphyxia to ignorance and poor management.
“The presence of a sophisticated Air and Land Ambulance did not prevent him from dying from his condition just as the hospital in Saudi Arabia with all its gadgets could not reverse damage done to his brain during an acute deterioration of his health.
“Imagine what could have happened to our very meek, humble and generally loved president when he suffered an acute relapse of his condition. He was rushed into the ambulance and a face mask was turned on with oxygen flushing over his face.”
Oviemo stated that the late Head of State was “hypo-ventilating at the time and by the time he got to Saudi Arabia, he had suffered irreversible brain death.
“Because Nigerians believe in the god of mammon and that money answers all things, they expected a miracle from the Saudi hospital. The truth is that if we had good centres back home in Nigeria, the late Head of State should have been stabilised before been flown out. Our usual first impulse is to fly out the sick and our experiences have shown that many patients die,” he said.
He also recalled the death of an unnamed former Military Governor of Kwara State who had pneumonia, and he was called to attend. However, the said governor was flown abroad without his own knowledge and the said former governor eventually died.
According to him, “I met the big man sweaty, restless and confused due to carbon dioxide narcosis from his poor ventilation. I only adjusted his neck and positioned his head to enable him exhale properly and his condition improved.
“I advised them not to fly him out immediately to allow him to be stable. I volunteered to fly with him at my own expense to support him on board. By the time I returned back from Lagos where I went for my passport, the man had been flown out. Early in the morning, I got a call from one of my highly placed mentors that “we lost him”.
“I was told that he got to Germany but he died before he could gain admission to a hospital. The General’s condition could have been very well-managed in Nigeria but for the pleasure of medical tourism and the absence of identifiable/recognisable facilities and expertise. Money has robbed many privileged and affluent Nigerians of sensibility. They never see with you or take advice when money talks,” Oviemo recalled.
He added that during the second term of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a former minister died from asthmatic attacks which could have been easily treated if necessary medical facilities were available in the country.
South Africans, including their top government officials according to Oviemo, hardly undertake medical tourism like their Nigerian counterparts, noting that former President Nelson Mandela was still being treated for a heart condition in his country when he could have been flown out for treatment.
He said many Nigerians cannot afford the price of management in centres that are well-equipped, while some of the centres are entrusted to mediocre due to nepotism or political consideration.
Oviemo spoke at the symposium organised by Mcnext Intellectual Property in collaboration with the Student Union Government of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos on the topic Where are we in the Global Plan?
He also lamented the country’s decline in Defence Technology and Agriculture.
Source: The Nation
June 12: Nigeria worse in 2013 than 1993 – Tunde Bakare
At Democracy Audit organized by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos to mark June 12, Convener of the group, Dr Tunde Bakare, said since the historic election, Nigeria had remained impoverished and the problems Abiola promised to tackle remain unsolved.He spoke as Information Minister, Labaran Maku, who attended the event countered that some improvement even though little had been made and said the government was ready to immortalize Abiola.
In a speech entitled: “From Hope ‘93 to 2013: How Far Has Democracy Brought Nigeria?” Bakare said though some gains like freedom of speech had been recorded, they were not enough as the problems of poverty and flawed elections among others persist.
He urged the government to immortalise Abiola by naming edifices like the National Stadium after him.
His words: “The 1993 MKO Abiola vs. Bashir Tofa election, conducted exactly 20 years ago today, is popularly termed the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria. It was Nigeria’s first taste of a renascent democracy after so many years of military rule, coups and counter-coups. It was an election whose callous annulment shook the nation. Since then, the country has witnessed a lot of changes – for better, and for worse. However, none of those occurrences have left the country exactly the same…”
Nigeria: Police Station Where Officers Don’t Wear Shoes
11 June 2013 , By Chiemelie Ezeobi, Source: This Day
In what seems like a throw-back to President Goodluck Jonathan’s days of ‘no shoes’, the men of the Trinity Police Station under the Area B Command in Lagos State, appear sentenced to working without shoes, no thanks to the rains which have made nonsense of any attempt to wear shoes within the station.
Instead of the normal black leather shoes that are compulsory part of the police dress code at Trinity Police Station, it is bathroom slippers, flip flops, rain boots and palms slippers, all the way, both junior and even senior officers. With trousers rolled up to their knees, and fitted with rubber slippers, the men radiate anything but the aura of the Police Force. And in a way, they come across as a spectacle, what with their guns and rifles strapped around their shoulders.
Those familiar with the special dress code at the Trinity Police Station understand that the near permanent flooded condition of the police station is to blame.
When THISDAY visited the station last Sunday afternoon, all the policemen on duty were either wearing rubber slippers or flip flops, and with their trousers rolled up to knee level to avoid the water that had taken over the police station.
THISDAY had gone to cover the fire incident at Speed Well Plaza, Industrial Street, Trinity Bus Stop, located right in front of the police station.
Their casual looks and gaits raised posers as to whether they are combat ready in responding to emergencies.
Indeed, a complete police outfit consists of shoes, socks, belt, cap and the uniform.
But THISDAY authoritatively gathered that with each rain, the policemen are forced to work under unfavourable conditions in their “improper outfits”.
It was also gathered that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that heads the station is often forced to flee his office each time it rains.
To buttress this point, some of the personnel said with the Sunday rain they were forced to climb the marble counter in the reception because the water level was as high up to their hips forcing them to climb levers and objects, thus hampering effective work flow.
Speaking on conditions of anonymity, some of the officers who spoke to THISDAY said they resorted to wearing rubber slippers because they are tired of wearing shoes that are constantly soaked in water, which in turn makes the station to emit foul smell, arising from wet leather.
They said: “How long would we continue to wear our shoes and socks in the water? At the end of the day, when we pull off our shoes and socks, the stench is enough to wake up the dead. We are not even talking about the amount it costs us to constantly repair our shoes. With each rain, our life is made unbearable.
“We have done everything possible even to the extent of using planks but it wasn’t working so we opted for bathroom slippers that are durable. For our trousers, we simply pull it up to our knees to avoid it being soaked.
“If you call us the police station where policemen don’t wear shoes you wouldn’t be far from the truth. We are tired! We want our plight to be drawn to the attention of the members of the public especially our IG.”
Also, it was exclusively gathered that the DPO was forced to relocate the suspects in the station from the holding cell because of the water level. At least, while the water in the different offices and the reception was a little clean, the one in the cells was brackish and smelly, just like the ones found in the drainages, right in front of the station.
A quick check revealed buckets planted strategically in some points of the station to collect some of the rain water from the leaking roof of the station. It was gathered that after each rain, policemen undertake thorough cleaning and mopping as they use brooms, buckets and packers to scoop out the water and wait for another rainy day.
Aside the station, the entire street leading to the police station is in a state of disrepair with brackish, smelly water covering the entrance. Some of the police officers disclosed that they have been forced to park their cars a street away and walk in.
Some of the police officers said the sorry state of their station is worsened by the bad road in front of their office. According to them, because of the state of the drainage as well as the craters on the road, the rain water overflows into the station turning it into pool.
When asked why they have not solicited the aid of either the Ifelodun Local Government chairman or the numerous tank farm owners and oil marketers to fix the road, police sources said they have written series of letters to no avail.
One of them said: “Are you talking of letters? We have done that already but got negative responses. The question the oil companies often ask us is what they would benefit from fixing our roads. They forget quickly that without us their facilities would be in great danger.
“We are the only police station near the tank farms and we have been providing adequate security for each of them yet they can’t come together to make our work place favourable.”
THISDAY’s attempt to speak to the DPO, Dare Ogundare, a Chief Superintendent of Police, on the situation at the station was rebuffed as he declined to comment.
Nigeria Yet To Learn Any Lesson From June 12– Momodu
Posted by: Channels Television Posted date: June 09, 2013
Nigeria is plagued with the several crises rocking it today because the people have refused to learn anything from June 12.
This was the saying of the former aide to Chief Moshood Kolawole Kashimawo Abiola, Dele Momodu the publisher of Ovation magazine and a politician when he graced ‘Rubbin Minds’ with his presence to discuss events that surrounded the June 12 1993 elections and the state of nation at present.
Reacting to statements made by former presidential candidate of the defunct NRC; Alhaji Bashiru Tofa who contested against SDP’s Moshood Abiola in 1993, that the June 12 incident saying anyone still hovering with the June 12 mandate is debarring Nigeria to move forward, Momodou said he reacted to the statement which he said he on the social media network Twitter saying that Tofa was suffering from ‘Delusion of Grandeur’.
In his words “I saw it via a tweet and I responded that he was suffering from delusion of grandeur, you can’t re-write history, the man flatly and soundly defeated even in Kano, so am sure he has not fully recovered 20 years after from that beating.
And that is why someone will say it didn’t happen, Nigeria as a matter of fact is in crisis today, because we refused to learn any lessons from June 12″
Momodu who was mostly beside the late Moshood Abiola before, during and after the June 12 1993 revealed that Nigerians showed that there can be togetherness and oneness as a nation during the 1993 elections as they came together as one without complaints of tribe, religion and so on in an election that passed as the most peace, free and fair election ever conducted in Nigeria till this present moment, but some powers that be then killed that mandate that would have turned the Nation Nigeria into one of the greatest Nations in the world.