Operatives of the Department of State Services, on Thursday, dispersed medical doctors, who were at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja, to take part in the recruitment exercise organized by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.
Newspaper reports had reported on Tuesday that hundreds of medical practitioners attended the recruitment exercise at the Ladi Kwali Hall of the hotel in hope of leaving the country for a better life in Saudi Arabia, while another exercise was scheduled for yesterday Thursday August 26, 2021.
Unfortunately, on Thursday morning, the DSS invaded the ongoing exercise and dispersed the doctors including journalists gathered at the venue.
Marcus Fatunde, a journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, was arrested at the venue by the DSS. Fatunde was however, released later.
An eyewitness confirmed to newsmen that “A journalist with the ICIR, Marcus Fatunde, was also arrested, but he has been released.” “When I came here, we saw the DSS operatives dispersing the people that came for the interview and before we knew it, everywhere had been scattered”.
One of the doctor, who was present but did not want his name in print said, “Some of us, who came here today, came because we don’t even have jobs and we don’t want to do the wrong things.
“Two categories of people were here today: the jobless ones and the ones who are poorly remunerated.
“We didn’t commit any crime; we just wanted a better system. So, why is the government trying to frustrate us?”
The Vice-President, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, Adejo Arome, told some newsmen that the organizers of the interview confirmed to him that the exercise had been suspended.
He said, “Well, some people got to the venue today (Thursday) and when they didn’t meet anyone, they called me and I confirmed from the recruiters and some other doctors that the recruitment has been suspended.
“The recruitment on Tuesday garnered coverage, because of the media publicity. It was everywhere that doctors were going to Saudi Arabia.
“The recruiters had to suspend it because the Federal Government said it felt embarrassed by the news.
“It is a big shame. The government has no right to infringe on the right of the citizens to choose to go to another country. If the system is not working, let them go to another country.”
The direction of where the present government under Mr. Buhari is headed is definitely not the right one, his government have lost any sense of direction in almost every facet of governance in Nigeria. In a saner clime, Mr. Buhari would have resigned or would have been impeached as he has failed woefully in upholding the oath he swore when he assumed office. Buhari’s is not just his incompetence, but the dereliction of his duties as Nigeria’s president.
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