– Nda-Isaiah calls for transformation of Nigerian Police
President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa has bemoaned the recent killings of some unprotected Nigerian youths who engaged in a peaceful #ENDSARS protest to condemn police brutality and harassment in the country.
The youths had embarked on a peaceful protest across the nation to drive home their demands of #ENDSARS #Endpolicebrutality.
#EndBadGovernance about two weeks ago, but the peaceful rally turned bloody on Tuesday night at the Lekki tollgate when military men open fire on unarmed youths.
Reacting to the unfortunate incidence, Ohuabunwa said it is shameful that some youths had to die for the country to change.
“Clearly, the recent happenings showed that the journey for a new Nigeria has started,” he said, even as he lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the youths express themselves.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of Leadership Group Limited, Pharm. Sam Nda-Isaiah urged the federal government to embark on total transformation of the police force as a reformation will not suffice.
He emphasised that the police force as it stands today need to be disbanded and replaced with a new police force that can be useful to the country.
Nda-Isaiah, a Fellow of the PSN said: “As far as I’m concerned, the police today need to be disbanded, I don’t know what they are doing. You can’t even reform them.
“They need total transformation. They can’t protect you from Boko Haram, they can’t protect you from kidnappers, they can’t protect you from bandits, so why retain them?
“The protest started well and peacefully but what we saw after the government had acceded to their demand of scrapping SARS was nothing close to peaceful”, he decried.
The duo made their remarks at a recent presidential reception and dinner in honour of some pharmacists who recently attained lofty heights in the public service.
The honourees are: Pharm. (Mrs) Olusola Idowu, permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning; Pharm Farouk Ali Salim, DG, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON); Pharm (Dr) Kelly Nwagha, Ag DG/CEO, National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSIS).
Others are Pharm (Dr) Zango Mohammed, managing director, NNPC Medical Services; Pharm. (Mrs) Christiana Akpa, general manager, Medical Services, Nigerian Ports Authority NPA and Pharm. (Prof) Isa Hussani Marte FPSN, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Borno State.
The Leadership Group boss also encouraged the youths to join political parties which will enhance their securing of active positions in the country’s leadership recruitment process in 2023.
He further urged more pharmacists to join politics in order to be more relevant in healthcare policy making process.
Mazi, on the other hand stressed the need to discard division among health professionals, insisting that such division which often manifests in leadership of the sector is counterproductive.