By Ehi Ekhator
Habiba Abubakar, Chairperson, Foundation for the Elderly and the Poor (EAP), has written an open letter to President Jonathan requesting him to give free medicals to the elderly people in the country.
In the letter, she stressed that many youths of today do different kinds of repulsive things to survive and help their aged parents who need medicare.
She suggested that President Jonathan should sponsor a bill that will make it mandatory for all arms of government, Federal, State, and Local Government to provide free medical care for elderly people in the various parts of the country.
OPEN LETTER TO MR PRESIDENT ON CALL FOR EXECUTIVE BILL FOR A LAW ON FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR THE ELDERLY IN NIGERIA:
THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
SHEHU SHAGARI COMPLEX THREE ARMS ZONE
Your Excellency, first accept my sincere felicitation and congratulations on the occasion of our 53 Anniversary as a nation. At 53 Nigeria is a fully grown and matured nation that should ordinarily be a pride to all its sons and daughters.
My name is Habiba Abubakar, a United Nations Ambassador for Peace and Charity and the founder of Foundation for the Elderly and the Poor(EAP)a Non governmental , Non-denotable and Non profitable Charity Organisation, dedicated to Caring mainly for the aged and the poor in our society irrespective of their creed or tribe. We have in the last few years positively impacted on a good number of old and poor Nigerians in dire need.
Your Excellency, I am greatly constrained to humbly write you this Letter of Appeal for an Affirmative Federal Action on behalf of the aged and poor in Nigeria having come into direct contact with the ever growing number of these category of Nigerians and conducted researches in the needs of these people.
However, I was more particularly appalled by a recent publication in the Guardian Newspaper of the United Kingdom which published a research finding on the best and worst countries to grow old and raise children. The research was part funded by the Bill and Melinda Foundation. Also in May this year the “The State of World Mothers Report” published another report on the well being of mothers and Children in 176 countries in the world. Not surprisingly, the two published reports found Nigeria “the worst place to grow old or raise a child”.
Your excellency , if these published reports may be said o be biased against Nigeria and Nigerians, the following may best represent the true picture of our situation.
My NGO, EAP,received an email from one Monica Esther Egboke, a 19 year old Nigerian seeking for our support o settle the medical bills of her aged mother who is suffering from secondary stroke . Her story evokes the memory of so many underaged minors saddled with the responsibility of taking care of their aged parents or grandparents without any support from government or society. Most of them in desperation resort to all manner of vices including child prostitution or falling into the hands of organised crime to enable them discharge that responsibility. Our findings mostly from interactions with such desperate young Nigerians reveal that this scenario is on the increase especially in present day Nigeria where insecurity has taken over our lives.
Your Excellency, Monica’s story is by no means the worst that we have handled. It is just the most recent. EAP is inundated on daily basis with a plethora of requests of such and other nature. Due to the number, we are only able to attend to the most urgent by our estimation.
What is most disheartening, your excellency, is the fact that as a fairly wealthy nation, Nigeria should fare better in these and other Spheres of Life.
Your Excellency, this brings me to the purpose of writing directly to your esteemed self. EAP wishes to solicit for an executive bill for a law that will make it mandatory for all arms of government, Federal, State and Local Governments to provide as a matter of right ,free and comprehensive medical care for all the Elderly directly under their jurisdiction.
Our appeal is that the Executive under your good self should sponsor and pursue such a bill until it becomes law.
Permit me, sir to commend all your efforts in this regard since you assumed the mantle of leadership of our great and beloved nation.
My NGO stands willing to partner with your administration in achieving our common goal of Caring for the Elderly and the most vulnerable. Cc President of the Senate Mr David Mark, Cc Honourable Mr Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Please accept assurances of my highest Regards.
Chairperson, Foundation the Elderly and the Poor.