The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) Friday protested
against the gruesome killing of one its members along the notorious
The doctors, who held a valedictory session and protest over the dead
of late Dr Oluremi Alabi, decried the perennial cases of killings and
kidnapping along the highway.
Alabi was killed by gunmen along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway during a
trip to Kaduna.
Speaking at the event, NARD Chairman, University of Abuja Teaching
Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Dr Godday Akor, called on the federal
government to show more commitments in addressing the lingering
security challenges facing resident doctors and citizens across the
Akor described the deceased “as a hardworking doctor in the surgical
department with impeccable character who made positive impact within
and outside the hospital”.
“Security is paramount to the social, economic and political
development of the nation, hence the need for the government to give
Akor added that “this is not the first time we have been hearing about
security challenges along Abuja-Kaduna road and we receive cases
every week from that axis”.
“We are drawing the attention of the government to address the
security challenges along this road and other unrest in the country to
save lives and properties.
“We advise the government to also pay attention to education,
empowerment of the youths and other vital sectors of the economy for
national stability and development,” he said.
The chairman also expressed concern over the senseless killings by
unknown gunmen in the country and advised Nigerians to be more
vigilant and security conscious.
Akor observed that killings by gunmen were not only the major security
challenges facing the nation, adding that other areas of serious concern
were unemployment and education.
The Chief Medical Director of UTHA, Gwagwalada, Prof. Bisallah Ekele,
also described the late Alabi “as a committed staff who was dedicated
to the profession and service to humanity”.
Ekele further stated that Alabi “lived a life of service to others, his
patients, family and to anyone who had the honour and pleasure of
it serious attention,” he observed.