Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:55 am
By Steve Aborisade
• May God rest her soul
That the Jagaban, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, came to the rescue of the family of the late Moji Olaiya is not news. That is trademark Jagaban. Long before he became governor, his large heart is a known fact, and for good causes. So here, he has done nothing outside of his person.
In same regard, it is wrong to label the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, for not doing. His aide said no official request came in, so on what basis is he being pilloried? Meanwhile, what is condemnable here is the entitlement attitude of the committee and perhaps of very many sympathisers which is not only regrettable but unfortunate. Moji’s memory does not deserve this. What should be the norm? What should be the attitude of Nollywood to the rot in our system that has ensured several members and as a matter of fact, several Nigerians die daily for ailments that are manageable and for deaths that are preventable?
Anyone using the occasion of the largesse of the Jagaban to create an unnecessary divisive and patronising narrative needs his or her head examined for not only being mischievous but outrightly missing the point. If Nollywood is not aware, it should be told that their members are entitled to nothing extra beyond what other Nigerians are entitled to, and really they have not served the memory of Moji well. If they would serve her memory well, is it not time to realise that Moji or any other Nigerian has no business going to Canada or elsewhere to deliver if similar faith exists in our own healthcare system?
That unlike the Minister of Health said, no one will go abroad for treatment if the same treatment exist here in Nigeria. And rather than running to governors and political leaders for bailouts, the industry should rather use its vantage position to demand that things be put into shape in the country and be ashamed of their Almajari’s style of operation. That is what Moji would be happy and proud at, and that is the only way to be responsible.
Other equally important members of their association have gone without this attention, without the needed help, and they should not wait for the next victim before acting. Importantly, the Jagaban should be concerned that he is funding a corpse home. As leader of the ruling party whose fellow leader and president of the country is also abroad on treatment, Jagaban himself must go abroad for treatment. Why does this looks normal to anyone? Why is he not concerned enough to do something, because they all can.
One specialist hospital to serve Nigerians, and which can, should not defy them. Any of our teaching hospitals can easily be upgraded with proper funding and training, instead of the arrays of private jets across hangers in the country. So for families who have no Nollywood access and are in similar situation, what becomes their fate? We should stop glorifying our stupidity and we should stop making slaves of ourselves to our leaders who should ordinarily be called out to account. When would we get this?