*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Student Christian Movement SCM has described late Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has a patriotic and progressive democrat during his lifetime.
The SCM through a condolence message described the sudden death of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria as a shocking news.
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria in it’s condolence messages forwarded to SWIndependentnews.com.ng on Wednesday condoled with the widow and family of Dr Obadiah Mailafia, and the Christian Church in Nigeria.
The statement that was issued and signed by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Dare Ajongbo and National President, Mrs. Ebere Ubezie, stated as thus; “We received the news of the death of Dr Mailafia with great shock (and in fact, an initial disbelief).
“This is because Dr Mailafia, being conscious of the intrigues directed at his person, was very careful about his health and safety.
“Dr Mailafia was a voice for the voiceless, a defender of justice, and a lover of the truth.
According to a copy of the statement made available to the SWIndependentnews.com.ng stated that “Not a few Nigerians looked up to him for an understanding of the direction of the ship of state, and also for insight on what needs to be done to fix this nation.
“He was a truly progressive democrat and a patriotic citizen in the truest sense of the term,” the statement read.
SCM said it was painful to learn of the details of events that culminated in his eventual demise, as made available on several media platforms.
“While refraining (for now) from reading political meanings to his death, we hereby seize the occasion of this sad incident to appeal to the federal government to please pay increased and urgent attention to the overhaul of the Nigerian healthcare system,” it said.
The group noted that the decay and decadence in the nation’s healthcare system was costing too much in terms of the loss of valuable human capital.
“We expect that last year’s Covid-19 lock-down and the attendant suspension of international flights (which halted opportunities for medical tourism for weeks/months) was enough reason to compel our leaders to take radical measures to revamp our healthcare system.
“In the aftermath of Covid-19, a vibrant, self-sufficient national healthcare system has become a matter of national survival/security; and it should be accorded the right priority.
“We are pained that in the middle of a pandemic, our Government can watch resident doctors go on strike; and sustain a stand-off with them for so many days.
“We also doubt whether the Government is paying attention to the danger posed by the mass exodus of Nigerian doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers; especially those who have acquired specialist skills and competencies.
“Dire medical situations often require specialist competencies, and Nigeria cannot afford to keep losing those who should save her citizens to other nations. Government must act positively to reverse this ugly trend,” SCM noted.
It once again reiterated that the leadership and entire body of the Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria commiserate with the widow and family of Dr Obadiah Mailafia.
“May the soul of the departed rest in peace, and may the Lord comfort the family, and the entire body of Christ in Nigeria as well as the various interest groups to which he belonged,” the statement read.