Saudi Royal Family was at UCH Ibadan for Treatment – Murray Bruce
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa East constituency in Nigeria’s National Assembly, yesterday posted a picture in his twitter account with the caption: “This is University College Hospital Ibadan. Believe it or not, when I was a kid in the 60s, the Saudi Royal family came to UCH for treatment”. University of Ibadan is the first university in Nigeria. It started off in 1948 as University College Ibadan.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce’s twitter account (@benmurraybruce) presents him as “common sense advocate, founder of Silverbird Group, author of a commonsense revolution, businessman and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. It had 344 thousand followers at the time of this report. There were 1,250 retweets of the above tweet and 1,119 likes, at the time of filing this report.
Several replies accompanied Senator Bruce’s tweet. Some questioned the Senator’s “commonsense”, while others sought to know what he has done with his constituency project money to improve healthcare in his constituency.
However, some replies gave food for thought to healthcare personnel and the current crop of Nigerian politicians, respectively. For instance, FolaShade (@Kelzdiamond) wrote: ‘‘Now nurses sit around a table waiting for which medical student won’t greet them.”
Also, Donald_Doo (Donald_Official) wrote: “The people who led us in the 60s didn’t love political parties more than the country. Today our leaders love PDP and APC more than Nigeria”.
WA (@WaleAlimi) reproached: “And then your generation grew up and ruined everything.”
Apparently, Senator Murray-Bruce went into his archives to dig up this picture to illustrate the deterioration of healthcare facilities in the country. He reacted to a tweet by BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) which had stated: “South Africa’s health minister said Africa should be “ashamed” that some presidents travel abroad for treatment”.
In Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, spent about 103 days on medical vacation in the United Kingdom. He returned to Nigeria on Saturday, 20th August 2017 and resumed official duty on Monday, 22nd August 2017.
See the picture of UCH Ibadan in the 60s below, as posted by Senator Murray-Bruce.
- Cornelius Ellah