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SGF: Yola is my home… I’m just on a journey in Abuja

SGF: Yola is my home… I’m just on a journey in Abuja
April 10
23:03 2020

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says Yola, capital of Adamawa “is my home”, and he is just on a journey in Abuja.

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He made the remark while clarifying his comment on the state of healthcare in the country.

On Thursday, the SGF said he never knew the country’s healthcare system was in a very bad state until the coronavirus pandemic.

Mustapha, who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, backtracked on Friday, saying he is aware of the deplorable state of healthcare in the country.

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“I must clarify that I am aware and has indeed been a champion for the reform and transformation of the health care system. However, this PTF assignment has afforded me the opportunity to dig deeper, interrogate and x-ray the system better,” he said.

“So, for anyone to think that I didn’t know the level of deplorable state of our healthcare systems, is a complete misrepresentation.

“For the benefit of those who do not know me well, I come from rural Nigeria. I was born in a college almost 64 years ago that didn’t even have a hospital, it had small missionary dispensary probably with one midwife, no birth certificate was offered.

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“So I don’t even have birth certificate, I have declaration of age. A lot of you sitting here are privileged to have been born in a better and more equipped medical facilities. So from birth I know the state of our medical, healthcare, I am not a foreigner.

“My statement was totally taken out of context because that was not the reflection of what I said. But having to serve in this committee gave me a further insight into what is happening.

“I wanted to give this explanation so that most of you will not think I am an ajebota, no. I was born a rural Nigerian, I grew up in rural Nigeria, I went to school in rural Nigeria and I still live in rural Nigeria.

“Yola is my home, I’m just on a journey here in Abuja. At the end of my work or whatever I am doing here, I will return home which is rural Nigeria and I am going to live with the facilities in rural Nigeria.”

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