Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, former Senate President of Nigeria, has expressed his deep sorrow and called for justice following the tragic death of Greatness Olorunfemi.
The young woman was reportedly pushed out of a moving car by hoodlums after being robbed of her valuables. She was subsequently refused medical attention at Maitama General Hospital in Abuja.
In a heartfelt message posted on his social media accounts, Dr Saraki conveyed his devastation over the incident and emphasized the importance of legislation designed to protect Nigerians who are victims of violence.
He noted that the law was introduced, passed, and received presidential assent during the tenure of the 8th National Assembly, and it was created to safeguard individuals who have suffered from violent acts.
Dr. Saraki’s message to the Nigerian government was a call to action. He urged authorities to send a strong and unequivocal message that such injustices would not be tolerated.
Specifically, he called on the Federal Ministry of Health and its Hospital Management Board to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure swift justice for the perpetrators.
Furthermore, Dr. Saraki strongly urged the Ministry of Health to take action against the leadership of Maitama General Hospital for violating the law by refusing to admit a person in need of medical attention, which he asserted contradicted the ethics of their profession.
The former Senate President reminded all hospitals to uphold their Hippocratic Oath and prioritize saving lives, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the law and the ethical standards of their profession.
His words: ”The Federal Ministry of Health and its Hospital Management Board should thoroughly investigate this case and ensure that justice is swift for the perpetrators.
”I also strongly urge the Ministry of Health to sanction the leadership of the Maitama General Hospital for violating the law. Their refusal to admit a person in need of medical attention goes against the very essence and ethics of their profession.
”To all hospitals: Remember your Hippocratic Oath. Your primary duty is to save lives. Do not turn away those in need. Uphold the sanctity of your profession and adhere to the law.”
He called on all Nigerians to help raise awareness about the existing law and its provisions to ensure more comprehensive adherence.
He also extended his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Olorunfemi, acknowledging their immeasurable loss and offering his thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.