Coronavirus: Nigeria must learn great lesson from pandemic - Okupe tells Buhari
- Doyin Okupe has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to correct the mistakes of the past by investing in the health sector
- The former presidential aide noted that since 1960, Nigeria can not boast of a world-class facility despite the enormous resource
- Okupe warned that Nigeria will run into shame if the country does not take advantage of the coronavirus crisis
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Following his recovery from Covid-19 pandemic, former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to build world-class health centres in order to correct the mistake of past leaders.
Okupe, who served as a senior special assistant on public affairs to former president Goodluck Jonathan, made the plea during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, May 18.
He wondered why Nigeria could not boast a single world-class centre since 1960 when the country got her independence despite the enormous resources.
Okupe admonished the president to fasten the belt of responsible and proactive leadership and correct the mistake of his predecessors, saying Nigeria can no more afford its leaders seeking treatment abroad.
"The mistakes of the past are daunting, they are perplexing, they are embarrassing that since 1960 to date, we cannot boast of one major centre in the whole country that makes it irrelevant for you to go abroad,” he maintained.
Okupe also stated that Nigerian leaders must take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and invest hugely on the health of the country.
According to him, there are capable hands in the health sectors who are ready to put everything in line should the government pay attention to the sector.
“The problem that we will run into, the shame that will overcome this country is if we do not learn a great lesson from this.
“As a doctor, I can tell you for free that we have the expertise – both at home and away. There are thousands and thousands of very very highly qualified, competent professionals who are abroad in the US and everywhere, including Nigeria,” Okupe further submitted.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Okupe revealed the medications he took days after he and his wife recovered from Covid-19.
The former aide had announced on Tuesday, May 12, that he and his wife tested negative for the virus twice and were discharged in the early hours of the day.
The couple had spent some weeks at the isolation ward facilities in Sagamu, Ogun state, after testing positive for the infectious disease on Thursday, April 23.
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