Lackadaisical practice in Lagos hospital: My personal experience

Majority have attested to several bad and lackadaisical attitudes of government workers at government hospitals, and just weeks ago, my turn to be a victim of the inhumane act deigned on me. Come along as I share my firsthand witness and my short experience in the hands of the unkind people entrusted with the lives of Nigerians.

It was a fresh Thurday morning of nauseating and sick feeling strolling majestically on the road of my body. I felt very sick on Wednesday night to the extent that the thoughts of death became prominent in my thought’s power house and I became timid because my immune system at that point was close to feeble. As usual, when in pains, I recite the verse of protection and I did so while in critical condition. I didn’t know what happened next but I woke up alive the next morning and joy gripped my heart as I yawned sluggishly to a new morning.

As a sharp boy who doesn’t want to die untimely, I searched for my hospital card, moved straight to the general hospital and I met the constant phenomenon, ‘Long Queue’. I joined the longest queue in Ikorodu at that point, submitted my card for verification and I got verified to proceed to the ‘check point’ where patients blood pressure will be checked before waiting to see the doctor. I passed through the tardy process while in severe pains. Alas! it got to my turn and I was excited to see the doctor like I’ll get healed with the speed of light.

My excitement reduced tempo due to the sluggish attitude of the doctor, who asked few questions like she was forced to work that fateful morning coupled with her terrible ‘I don’t care attitude’, and in the end, she gave me a pamphlet stating to proceed to the laboratory for test. I passed through stage one and it was stage two, ‘the process’, I proceeded to the point of payment and made a payment of N3,000 for the test. Payment done, I proceeded to the lab and the sample of my blood was taken, stage two passed!

Just like our mobile games gets harder by stages, they give us new tasks and sometimes, serve us surprises and that was the theme of my stage three.
SURPRISE!. ‘Come back for result on Monday’, these words crawled through the mouth of the laboratory worker and I was not sure she was talking to me. ‘Ma, I’m very sick, I need the result as soon as possible to get medications. Is there anything you can do to help me?’ I said, trying to convince the laboratory worker on the need to get my test results quickly due to my condition, she didn’t care, she said it’s not in her power to do.

Following the surprise, I got frustrated and I moved to the doctor’s office to report my situation; like lab worker, like doctor. The doctor still wore this nonchalant attitude on her face. She told me to go back, saying ‘I need the results today or tomorrow morning’. I didn’t know what to do because I was frustrated already, what if I die tomorrow? What if my condition gets worse than I expect? What if I break down? These thoughts got me infuriated and I told the doctor ‘Ma, what about temporary drugs? With the same nonchalant look, she prescribed one drug, the name started with ‘P’, I couldn’t decode the drug’s name due to the acclaimed ‘artistic doctor writing’.

Without much ado, I branched at the laboratory to tender the lab worker the feedback I got from the doctor, ‘The doctor said she needs the results today or tomorrow, I said; she replied, ‘go to the main laboratory’. In response, I asked thrice, ‘where’s the main laboratory Ma?, You won’t believe this woman kept mute, transforming me into a radio set. With so much anger and frustration, I left the office peacefully with this statement flowing in my head ‘it’s God that will you judge you people’. Never give up! I tried finding my way to the main laboratory through the front desk officer of the hospital, I got to the main laboratory but I didn’t know what to do, so I left with tears dancing on the floor of my face gently. I cried, wiped my tears, cried again, wiped my tears.

Well… My last hope! While wiping the little tears on my face, I rushed to the pharmacy to get the ‘P’ drug that was prescribed by the doctor. I tendered the pamphlet to the attendant, she said, ‘You don’t have paracetamol in your house?’ You won’t believe the doctor prescribed Paracetamol for me. I was shocked the doctor could be this mean and petty!, This got me angry, frustrated and demoralised. I left the pharmacy with anger, I cried subsequently while in severe pains but as a ‘man’ they claim I am, I left the premises calmly, cursing the hospital with anger.

‘Go to the pharmacy, get ‘Camosunate’, my dad prescribed the drug in a phone conversation after sharing what had happened earlier at the hospital. With enthusiasm, I ‘maned up’, rushed to the nearest pharmacy, used the drug and that was how my Dad saved my immune system for the weekend.

Murisiku Amure (Earpiece of Lagos)

Lies in the world of truthfulness

The option of telling a lie should always be darker, slimmer or thinner based on your conscience. Someone who has no conscience will always derive pleasure and gratitude at telling or narrating wonderful and sorrowful lies. It’s morally sound to be celebrated for truthfulness than to be honoured by a multitude of crowd with the crown of lies.

Truth connotes integrity while lies breed lack of trust as well as insincerity.

It’s only by mistake and sheer ignorance someone can tell a lie without having the intention – that’s a deliberate attempt but it’s highly impeccably impossible to utter a word without firstly establishing the consciousness as well as the intention to either say the truth or tell a lie.

In political climes, telling a lie is pragmatically called diplomacy. In communication, lies wine and dine with popularly cheap & imaginatively costly propaganda. Moreover, irrespective of the name, its beautification, title or nomenclature people tend to ascribe to it.

‘a lie is a lie.’

Configure your mind that you will not tell a lie even when you are undergoing tough or hard times. Recall that hard times never last but its victim lasts longer. Change your mindset and your mentality, free yourself completely off telling lies so that you can consistently win laurels of trustworthiness in the heart of those who know you and those who may likely meet you or transact with you in the nearest future.

Before you tell a lie, consider its consequence.

Before you say the truth, think about its importance as well as its benefits.

Just one truthful thought or expression can save a life but plenty of lies can’t wake up the dead in the grave.

As a human being, if you can say the least of expression, words without the intent of telling a lie, you have partially solved 65% of your entire problems. Most human troubles begin and end with lies. Imagine someone swearing by God that the price of a good is this or that and it moreso contradicts the reality on ground.

Imagine someone telling lies in the presence of his/her children, telling them to tell so-so-and-so hot and cold lies. Most worldly and material problems are transcripts, features and proposals of lies. Truth can win battles, convince someone or create good, first and last impression but lies can only gather weapon and burn it overnight or hand it over to one’s enemy.

As a human being, if you can’t do without telling a lie or having the intention of telling a lie, you have added 900% to your troubles.

In this part of the world, you don’t have to tell a lie to succeed except you are hopeless and lifeless.

Que sera sera!

Whether you tell a lie or say the truth, ‘what will be will be.’

Telling a lie isn’t a justification to being smart but a justification to being professional in the field of ‘lack of trust.’

If telling a lie is the only option to succeed in life, you will end up living a fake life, having a fake lifestyle and pretending to be what you aren’t.

Recall that, if lies ironically succeed for thousands of years, one day, truth shall prevail.

If people know you as a trustworthy individual, you don’t need to swear by God before they believe you.

However, if people know you [even if it’s for once] to be a liar, even if you swear by God, believing you will be absolutely, extremely, exceedingly and exceptionally difficult, if not impossible.

Say the truth, and let the truth be your watchwords at all time.

Telling the truth may come with pains and much difficulties but it always has a good ending. Telling lies may have a good beginning but end badly.

Do you prefer the tragedy or its opposite? The choice is yours to be a star as far as truthfulness is concerned.

The most interesting manner to add value to people’s lives is by saying the truth but it becomes distasteful when you jump from the jungle, wilderness and fountain of lies to the foundation of being committed to telling lies.

Truthfulness is handsomely measurable with positive feedback but lies are laughably measured by distrust.

Macaulay Jamiu writes from Lagos

Ibrahim El Zakzaky

EL ZAKZAKY: Another danger looming?

The nation’s statistics on casualties of terrorists attack is over 10,000, a billion more has been lost property wise. Innocent children, aged, adults, teens, infants.

This menace has spared no age bracket. Muslims, Christians, atheists have all met their death through terrorism. No tribe has been spared, either Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Efik, or Ibibio. Terrorism has been the cause of death to anyone and everyone unfortunate enough to be at the scene of attacks.

From sporadic shootings, to suicide bombing, from pipeline vandalism, to ethnic/religious clashes, to herdsmen killings. The nation has suffered a great ordeal in the hands of the perpetrators of this inhumane act. Millions have lost their homes, children has been separated from their parents, maims and brutality at it’s peak, a disaster that could’ve been contained if taken serious from the start.

When the former Boko Haram leader Muhammad Yussuf was first arrested on the 13th of Nov 2008, for being the leader of a sect that attacked a police station in Maiduguri (an attack that led to the death of 17 Boko Haram members), he was released to walk freely by an Abuja high court judge without much investigation or probing. His sect went on to cause 300 more deaths, before he was arrested again on the 29th of July 2009. Few hours after Yussuf’s arrest, he was killed in custody an act that further fuelled the fire of inhumanity burning in his followers, after their leader’s demise, they’ve went on to cause more than 10,000 deaths and series of bombing (including the united nation’s building) and kidnapping (majorly young females) till date.

But it seems our government does not learn from the past, perhaps they’re too busy to learn from history books. This is because another danger is looming, one that might even rock the nation more than the Boko Haram sect and that’s the shi’a/Islamic movement of Nigeria’s group.

There has been an unjust treatment and infringement on the human rights of this group since its inception in Nigeria.

On Friday the 26th of July 2014, when Islamic movement group held their Quds day rally (a pro-Palestinian procession that comes up every last Friday in the month of Ramadan) the Nigerian army opened fire on an harmless, fasting group of people having their rally, 35 members were shot dead including three sons of the movements leader in person of Ibrahim El Zakzaky.

There were no form of provocation from the sect, they were having their peaceful rally but the Nigerian army took it upon themselves to kill 35 innocent citizens

“I am appealing to my followers to be patient and remain calm. After the burial of those killed, we will decide what action to take. I have communicated with the authorities, and they are all claiming not to be aware of the operation. It is my belief that the operation was ordered from Abuja.”

That was the speech of a man who had just lost three of his sons as at then, he never instigated any act of war or violence as a means of revenge or personal vendetta. He portrayed what the religion he believed in commands, Peace.

On Saturday the 12th of December 2015, under the rule of President Muhammad Buhari, the Nigeria army carried out another massacre in Zaria, Kaduna state on the Shi’ites/members of Islamic movement in Nigeria. Over 348 members were killed including another three of El Zakzaky’s surving six sons, Zakzaky was injured an arrested along side his wife. The army alleged that the harmless group were planning to kill Gen. Tukur Buratai (the chief of army staff).

International demonstrations were held across different countries to condemn this act.

“In January 2016, the Kaduna State Government formed the Commission for Judicial Inquiry into the causes of clashes in Zaria between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army in December 2015, under the chairmanship of Justice Mohammed Garba (the presiding justice of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal)

On 1 August 2016, the commission of inquiry found out that the army gunned down 348 Shiites and urged the prosecution of all those involved in the killings.

According to the judgment of the high court of Nigeria on 2 December 2016, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky was ordered to be released from Department of State Services detention into police custody within 45 days. El Zakzaky and his wife were to be paid the sum of 50 million Naira ($164,052) in compensation. On January 13, 2018, Zakzaky, detained at an unknown location without charges since December 2015, made a short public appearance, his first in two years, being allowed to see his doctor.” (source: Wikipedia)

After increasing and incessant protest from the members of IMN ( Islamic movement of Nigerian), the government slammed El Zakzaky with an 8 count charges of homicide On the 26th of April 2018, a crime allegedly committed by him during the Dec 2015 clash. After almost three years of detention with no charges.

We can only pray for El Zakzaky not to die, before he regains his freedom. And also pray for his lawyer (Barr. Femi Falana) for God to help him represent the leader successfully when the court hearing begins. If not no one knows where this followers might swing their pendulum of revenge, even though we don’t pray for such. Another terrorist attack might start in form of vendetta. Enough of blood spillage, the government needs to be wise in dealing with this matter.


O. Olanrewaju Trimiziu (OOHTEE)


ISLAM: The word is peace (Intro)

I wonder when some people failed to understand the meaning of Islam and with their ignorance, they keep saying what they shouldn’t about “Islam”.

When I came across a post on a blog, I couldn’t rest and that triggers this post.

Islam as carved from the word “As-Salam” which mean PEACE, and Allah (Subhanah Wa Ta’alaa) made it clear in the Holy Quran that Islam was purified and was a peaceful religion.

It was gathered that there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, let’s all assume now that each one of the Muslim was a terrorist, will there be anyone left in the world?

The Holy Quran said in (Chapter 5: Verse 33) that:

“Whosoever kill a person… It shall be as if he had killed all mankind”

Now, is it the same religion that support terrorism or mass killing? No! slam support peace and only peace.

We all know what impersonation means, these people calling themselves Muslims are not but impersonator.

Don’t let us judge the whole with the part, if I am bad, then I am the bad person, don’t relate my actions to my parent or family or religion.

Individual is different from the group. Let’s all be unite and stop discriminating between one another. A Muslim is wrong does not mean all Muslims are wrong.

Many Islamic believers also hate ISIS and the so called BOKO HARAM.

The Holy prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in an hadith:

“None of you is a true believer until you want for your neighbour what you seek for yourself”.

The uniqueness of Islam

Islam is a bond, its a community, something that brings together different minds and races to a common goal which is peace.

Arsenal and German footballer, Mesut Ozil in a football match against Atletico Madrid kisses a bread thrown at him.

As it is against Muslim behaviour to waste any food so Ozil kissed the bread and touched it to his head before carefully placing it on the ground.

This gesture was a mark of gratitude and thanks for being given the food.

Muslims are good and Islam is great.

Written by Owoyemi Khaleel-lu-llahi