BY DONATUS NADI, Abuja
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has cautioned politicians in the country against politicising issues which border on health and security, emphasising that it affects the society in equal, devastating measure.
The Sultan made the call Tuesday when he led the delegation of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care who were in the state for their quarterly meeting.
The royal father said the choice of Nasarawa state was in reconition of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura’s giant strides in the area of primary healthcare delivery.
He said: “We are here to strengthen the efforts of Governor Almakura and his cabinet towards provision of more health facilities in Nasarawa State for our people”.
“I want to appeal to our political leaders, there those things that you cannot politicise in lifelife; health issues and security issues. When there are problems of security the affected everybody, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim”.
“And when there are health challenges, cholera or other contagious diseases, it does not distinguish between a Fulani man or Igbo man or Yoruba. Such problems affect everybody”.
The monarch also expressed sadness over the recent happenings in the South East were immunisation against Monkey pox was politicised, describing it as unfortunate.
He said: “That is why we are so saddened of recent when we heard that some of our brothers were told that they should not accept any vaccine given to them because there is an undertone or there is a plan to eliminate them”.
“We feel so bad about it because we have come a long way trying to stop the spread of diseases in our communities”.
“We feel bad when we hear our brothers from other parts of the country or even within us here that we should not take vaccines because such vaccines have been poisoned, have been polluted to eliminate certain races. This is unfortunate and we are happy government is on top of the issue and have been making douse tension.”
Governor Almakura, who received a letter of commendation from the Sultan, said primary healthcare delivery would receive unprecedented allocation in the 2018 budget.
He said the state has made provision foe cluster, referral primarily health centres to provide more sophisticated, medical services especially in rural communities.