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Leah Sharibu was among the abducted 109 girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State. The girls were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Leah Sharibu who was aged fifteen at the time of the abduction in March 2018 turn 16 today, Monday. While 104 abducted girls were released to their parents, Leah Sharibu was held back by the captives because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
“Monday, May 14 , 2018, our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu , will be 16 years . If she were here with us , we would have been celebrating her 16 th birthday with her . “She is not with us and all we can do is fast and pray for her as a family and I want to appeal to all Nigerians and other concerned people around the world to help us pray for her safety wherever she is and for her return as well. “President Buhari seemed to have forgotten about Leah but we know God who brought her forth will not forget her . We believe that God is keeping watc…


The mighty blow that struck the Nigerian HEALTH sector but more importantly, millions of sick Nigerians: pregnant women and children seems to even be light feathery touch on the cheek as JOHESU says "no going back".

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), a body of all other health workers except doctors had embarked on an ongoing health workers strike which clocked 40 days today (Sunday).

National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela speaking : “This is the most unprecedented strike in the history of the health sector because not only federal but both states and local governments joined for the first time.
“The other ones (previous strikes) lingered for months but the state and LGAs did not join. This is very unprecedented; though it’s not the best but government made it so.”

As to whether the strike will be called off soon, Mr Chimela said: “We have already crossed the Rubicon, so there is no going back. We cannot risk our lives and that of Nigerians and just suspend the strike without having any tangible thing. If we had gone this far we must have something substantial to show for these months that this strike lasted. Many lives have been lost.”

Below is the timeline of JOHESU's activities in the 40 days strike.

April 17: JOHESU announces and commences nationwide indefinite strike in earnest.

April 17: Nigerian doctors through the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) say they will not join strike. They described JOHESU as ‘illegal ‘ warning government against acceding to their demands.

April 18: Partial observance of the strike at tertiary hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory.

April 18: Nigerian government
threatens to invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’ rule if JOHESU persist in their strike.

April 21: JOHESU called a bluff of the federal government’s threat to invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’ rule.

April 23: Nigerian government sets up committee to reconsider the demands of the striking health workers.

April 29: Nigerian government and
JOHESU hold crucial meeting on the strike.

May 1: JOHESU counters government’s claim that it has implemented 14 out of 15 of their demands.

May 5: Meeting between the union and the federal government deadlocked.

May 9: States and local government health workers join strike.

May 10: Nigerian doctors threaten to go on nationwide strike if government accedes to JOHESU demands.

May 13: After series of deadlocked meetings, JOHESU confirms an offer from government which they say they are 'considering.'

May 14: Striking health workers accused of incessant attacks on doctors and patients.

May 15: Health Minister, Isaac Adewole,
direct all heads of medical institutions to provide adequate security for the working members of staff to prevent harassment and molestation by JOHESU members.

May 17: JOHESU attributes government’s ‘slow pace’ towards implementing its demands to the threat by doctors. The workers accused the health minister of posing a ‘body language’ that militates against resolving the impasse.

May 18: JOHESU calls for immediate removal of Mr Adewole , the health minister accusing him of bias and a major barrier to the resolution of the ongoing nationwide strike.

May 24: Nigerian doctors oppose JOHESU’s call for the sack of health minister.

May 25: Senate President Bukola Saraki meets with the Minister of Health, Minister of Labour and JOHESU leaders in a bid to end the ongoing strike.

May 26: JOHESU confirms receiving an order of interim injunction from the National Industrial Court compelling it to immediately resume duties. The body however says strike will continue.

This is a heavy disappointment and their actions and inactions of the Federal Government and JOHESU is truly a rain our our parade. Every Nigerian who relies on these two are near the point of breaking. We demand an end to this inconvenience that is costing us the lives of our loved ones.


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