Ada Wodu, Calabar
The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Cross River State branch, has called on the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, to assist in securing the freedom of their abducted colleague, Dr Vivien Otu.
Otu, a Senior Registrar in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, was kidnapped by gunmen on Friday in the Marian area of Calabar, where she had gone for the wake of the mother of one of her colleagues.
The association, which also sought the intervention of the wife of the Governor of Cross River, Dr Linda Ayade; and the Director-General of the Women Development Centre, Mrs Mary Eta, made the call on Sunday in Calabar in a statement by its President and Secretary, Dr Bassey Nakanda and Dr Angella Imoke, respectively.
It noted that Otu was the 16th doctor to be abducted in the last few years in Cross River, and lamented that the horror of kidnapping was not what any human should be subjected to.
The group stated, “It is even worse when the victim is a woman and it affects the entire populace. Health care delivery is affected, as all doctors feel threatened, discouraged and demoralised.
“As women and mothers, we hereby call on the state government, security agencies and relevant authorities to leave no stone unturned in bringing to an end this incessant occurrence among medical doctors and other citizens of the state, and to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Dr Otu.