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Aisha Buhari

The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari on Monday carpeted the health care delivery system in the country and reserved special criticism for the State House Clinic, which she said lacks basic equipment for medicare.

She called for a probe of the budget utilization at the clinic.

She expressed the views at the stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, New Born, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH and N) in Abuja.

The event was also used to inaugurate the Governors Wives Advocacy Group (GWAG) on reproductive health in the country. She said:

I would like to be realistic to say a few words concerning health delivery system in Nigeria. It is very poor, sorry to say that.

I am happy that the MD of Aso Clinic is here. Dr Manir, I am happy that you are here.

As you are aware for the past six months Nigeria was not stable because of my husband’s ill health.

We thank God that he has fully recovered now.

If somebody like Mr President can spend several months outside Nigeria, you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street in Nigeria.

Few weeks ago I was sick as well; they advised me to take a first flight to London; I refused to go.

I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us.

If the budget was N100 million, we need to know the way the budget is spent.

And along the line I insisted; they called Aso clinic to find out if their X-ray machine was working, they said it was not working; they didn’t know that I was the person that was to be at that hospital at that very time.

I had to go to a hospital that was established by foreigners in and out 100 per cent.

What does that mean?

I think it is high time for us to do the right thing.

The Wife of the President noted that if something like that happened to her, there was no need to ask the governors wives what the situation was in their states.

She said Abuja was the highest seat of government and the incident was about the Presidential Villa.,,

Aisha Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria had very good health policies, the best in Africa.

Yes of course we have (policies) but implementation is always the problem.

So we need to change our mindset and do the right thing.

She said that a lot of constructions were on-going at Aso Clinic when the hospital lacked basic medical equipment and tools.

There are lots of constructions going on in that hospital but there is no single syringe there; what does that mean? Who will use the building?

So we have to be good in reasoning; you are building and there is no equipment, no consumables in that hospital and the constructions are still going on.

She expressed that as a result of the president’s absence on medical vacation, “a 40-year-old man who is still living in his father’s house created a state out of a state and that is a major setback to the country.

“I hope that such a thing will not be repeated,’’ she stated.

Mrs Buhari appreciated the wives of the governors and other stakeholders for attending the event as an attestation of the importance they attached to the issue of maternal and child health.

She said it was sad to know that Nigeria was one of the countries with the worst health records for children and women in spite of the efforts of the past, adding that more needed to be done.

She explained that it informed her Future Assured Initiative two years ago to champion the well-being of women and children. She acknowledged the support of all stake holders for their continued support.

“We are here today to build our alliances that will help strengthen our advocacy for reproductive, maternal, new born, child, adolescent health and nutrition at the state level.

“By creating a strong coalition, we will increase awareness on the importance of improving RMNCAH and Nutrition, promote advocacy for better service delivery and increase the utilization of RMNCAH and Nutrition services,’’ she noted

She expressed optimism that the Governors Wives Coalition established at the event would provide a platform for them to lend a strong voice for improving the health status of women and children in the country.

Aisha Buhari urged the governors wives to champion the cause of advocacy to support the RMNCAH and N programmes in their various states.

She advised them to dedicate a section of the Governors’ wives forum meeting agenda to update themselves on the progress of the advocacy in their various states.

Accordingly, Aisha Buhari donated a floor of the three-storey building of the Future Assured Centre in Wuse Abuja to the Women for the purpose of the advocacy.

She called on development partners to support the coalition to achieve better health outcomes for Nigeria.

She pledged to commit all platforms available to her as wife of the President and as champion of RMNCHA and N to continue to provide maximum support to the importance cause and urged the governors’ wives to do same.

Watch her speak below:

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  1. Wale Vintage

    October 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

    There is a foul rot in the leadership of this country, the old man is no longer in charge. He has given power to Funta and his fuckman mallam daura and his son, people we did not elect. When a leader lets people beneath him call his wife names over the phone call, insult her and he does not immediately fire them, please tell me, is that what is called a man? When a president misses the opportunity to use his wife to touch lives, even at limited capacity; is that a man that is aware?
    Please this administration is soooo over. Even most of his ministers have been quiet and mellow. We don’t have a direction anymore. Nigerians are tired and fed up. Please who can save us from this mess called Buhari?

  2. nene+

    October 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Massive corruption under the mr intergrity continues to unfold.

    • Wale Vintage

      October 10, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Yes, we do not trust Mr. Corruption anymore. If stealing and mismanagement is under his own roof, then all his efforts has been nothing more than a sham. Who is fooling who? His daura people have finished him. I pray and hope the Sw and se and ss pull out of his campaign. Let us see if he can win an election with the northern vote alone. I am looking for a new person to support. I am sooo over this old senile man.

  3. Wale Vintage

    October 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Looking at the video, I forgot to mention that this woman is really beautiful. She must have been really sick and they didn’t inform us. I just hope she is careful sha…daura and his group are more interested in power and money. I wonder after all the ruse who much billions he has siphoned out togethe with kyari to foreign accounts using funta and his front man.
    Anyway, who do Nigerians think will make an effective president so we can fire this one….we need a younger president or at least someone that is intune with his people.

  4. M

    October 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Yinmu this one is planning her own agenda. We know the gist

  5. Annie

    October 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    What has a “a 40-year-old man who is still living in his father’s house created a state out of a state and that is a major setback to the country” got to do with Aso Rock Clinic?

  6. Greenbeing

    October 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    My own is why is it not?Governors Wives Advocacy Group Of Nigeria (GWAGON)??
    This people lack creativity abeg.

  7. tunmi

    October 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    So….any investigation?

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