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Political elite, corruption fuel maternal mortality, says Zikirullahi


Nigeria’s scary maternal mortality indices are fuelled by decades of looting from the public till by the political elite and the people’s indolence to hold political office holders to account.

This was the submission of the Executive Director of Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, at the Validation Workshop for the Commissioned Research Report on Maternal Healthcare in Kano State, held at the weekend, in Kano.

Noting that the people are suffering from the actions and inactions of their leaders, he said that the bigger tragedy is that Nigeria’s maternal health problem is largely fuelled by the grand scale corruption perpetrated by the political elite.

Urging Nigerians not to forget that corruption denies them the right to health, he said, “This should give us the resolve to work as citizens to expose all forms of corruption, whether at the national level or in our various local councils.

He said, “Taking into consideration the killer cost and effect of corruption on maternal health, activists must begin to own the anti-corruption crusade.”

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