The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate reversal of the sacking of about 16,000 resident doctors by the Federal Government.
The NBA President, Mr. Okey Wali, described the sacking in a text message to one of our correspondents on Friday as inappropriate, especially during the period the country was faced with the challenge of Ebola disease outbreak.
While commending the Federal Government for its efforts in containing the Ebola crisis so far, Wali called on relevant stakeholders to support efforts aimed at containing the challenge.
He said, “In the interim, we will again be appealing to the Nigerian Medical Association to please call off its strike so that we can all join hands in dealing with this emergency.
“The Federal Government is also implored to rescind its sacking of the resident doctors. This is not the time for squabbles. From what we can see, the Federal Government appears to be on top of the issue and we can only urge the government to do whatever that is needed to contain the Ebola crisis.”
The NBA boss, however, advised Nigerians to prioritise their hygiene as a way of preventing the spread of the virus. He assured lawyers, who would be attending the forthcoming NBA Annual General Conference in Owerri, the Imo State capital, that the association had put in place adequate anti-Ebola precautions for their safety.
He said, “We also need to exercise more care about our personal hygiene.
“The NBA is putting adequate anti-Ebola precautions in place for its members attending the 2014 Annual General Conference in Owerri from 24th to 29th of this month.”
But a Lagos lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje, threatened to sue both the Federal and the Lagos State governments if the victims of the disease were not adequately compensated within five days.
He blamed the spread of the disease on both the Federal and the Lagos State governments, which he claimed were criminally negligent for allowing the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, to import the virus into Nigeria.