President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday pleaded with striking medical doctors across the country to call off their industrial action as Nigerians are currently in critical need of their services.
President Buhari, who made the call when he received members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, also asked those contemplating strike to choose amicable settlement of all grievances instead. Buhari, according to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that a doctors striking at a time when the country is struggling to find its way out of a pandemic is not a good decision, the nature of grievances notwithstanding.
He, however, urged the striking unions to opt for settlement of issues by negotiation, no matter how long it takes, assuring that all outstanding benefits owed medical doctors will be cleared, after verifications, even as he reminded them that his administration has a track record of paying its debt to workers and pensioners.
â€œThe lives of citizens that could be lost or damaged when doctors withdraw services, are precious enough to be worth opting for peaceful resolution of differences,â€