June 13, 2024

Shettima to resident doctors: Resist Japa Syndrome, let’s stay back to salvage Nigeria


VP Shettima

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

Vice President Kashim Shettima, has appealed to Nigerian doctors to resist the “Japa syndrome” and stay put in Nigeria, so as to join hands with the President Bola Tinubu’s administration in the ongoing efforts to salvage the nation.

The Vice President urged the doctors to resist the temptation of absconding without flashing a ray of hope.

Senator Shettima spoke, yesterday,  when the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, led by its newly elected President, Prof. Bala Audu, paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Urging the Nigerian doctors not to despair, the Vice President specifically implored them to “remain steadfast” and resist the temptation of offering their services in foreign lands, noting that “in President Tinubu, you have an ally who will stand by you at all times.

“President Tinubu has Nigerian doctors at heart. He has a lot of empathy for our medical doctors, who have opted to stay put at home, not for lack of offers,” he said.

On the challenges facing them in the country, Shettima commended the giant strides of Nigerian doctors and their sacrifices in the service of the nation, especially in repositioning healthcare delivery.

He continued: “Let us stay back and salvage this nation together, this is our country and the greatest black nation on earth, and a promising nation that we need to invest in.

“The NMA is one of the most prestigious, pre-eminent associations in this country. We must commend you for the sacrifices you are making and for staying put in this nation.

“All hope is not lost because Nigerian doctors are making giant strides, recording milestones in the profession and, most importantly, making tremendous sacrifices to serve this nation.”