The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has apologised over the fracas that characterised its Enugu State branch election last week and set-up a three-member committee to investigate the incident.
Professor Innocent Ujah, NMA President, offered the apology and announced the constitution of the committee at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday.
According to Ujah, the action of the association’s members in Enugu was a “shameful behaviour” which brought “public opprobrium” upon the noble profession of medicine in Nigeria.
He said: “Electoral violence in any form does not represent what the Nigerian Doctor stands for and it is, therefore, at variance with our noble conducts and ideals.
“As members of the noble profession, the leadership of the association cannot afford to stand by and watch such ugly behaviour, unbecoming of disgruntled members of our association. Using the relevant provisions of the association’s constitution, we shall ensure that discipline is restored not only in Enugu State NMA but also in all the branches of our association, so that our members will continue to exhibit the highest level of decorum expected of the medical practitioners in all our affairs, including, elections.
While apologising to Nigerians and other nationals who may be disappointed at the behaviour of some doctors, the NMA President announced the conduct of its members will be investigated by a committee.
The committee chaired by Professor Mike Ogirima, a former President of NMA. Other members of the three-man committee are Agam Ayuk and Chris Yilgwan, the immediate past chairmen of NMA in Cross River and Plateau states.
Among the terms of reference of the committee which has two weeks to submit its report, including investigating the immediate and remote causes that led to the disruption of the 2020 Enugu State NMA election.
Ujah warned state branches of NMA yet to conduct their elections to ensure that the values and inalienable rights of members are not infringed upon.
He said: “What happened in Enugu during the NMA election, I must say that even though, an isolated case, is totally unacceptable. However, the report coming to me from over 20 States where elections have been conducted so far, indicate that they have been extremely peaceful. That is what is expected of the Medical Doctor and I commend them.”