Sad tale of doctor who saved Yusuf Buhari’s life

who saved Yusuf Buhari's life

When Yusuf Buhari (the only son of President Muhammad Buhari) was involved in an auto accident at Gwarinpa with his power bike, he was rushed to Nisa Premier Hospital. There, he met Dr. Obafemi, who was one of the most junior doctors at the facility. Dr. Obafemi didn’t know he was the son of President Buhari and didn’t bother to know. All he knew was that he is a son of “somebody” for him to have been escorted by policemen.

He sought to give him the best treatment primarily as a patient. After a brief examination, he realised that Yusuf was an orthopaedic case and his facility was not one. He called his HOD who didn’t pick his calls and later called Wada, the owner of the facility. None picked his numerous calls. When he realised Yusuf would die if he didn’t refer him to a hospital where he could get the best care he referred him to Cedar Crest (where he knew they were into such treatment).

Shortly after Yusuf was sent to Cedar Crest, news got to Wada and the HOD that a ‘big fish’ was at their hospital, they all came in hurriedly to devour the loot. On getting to their hospital, reality dawned on them that “bloody Dr. Obafemi has transferred Yusuf”, they were mad!

Their madness led to the sacking of Dr. Obafemi for having the audacity to transfer a patient without their authorisation.

Fortunately for Dr. Obafemi, there was a lady that works at Nisa Premier whose husband works at Cedar Crest. They discussed the issue at home and the husband told their boss about the sacking of the doctor that brought their ‘gold mine’ to them. The CMD then called Dr. Obafemi to offer him a job.

The doctor was earning 120k at Nisa Premier and it was increased to 150k at Cedar Crest.

Seeing life was unfair to him, Dr. Obafemi gathered money together to go and write PLAB in the UK with the mind of relocating abroad (mind you he graduated at 24 from Unilorin (University of Ilorin), so he was very brilliant. The majority of the money he got was a loan from the bank, to be paid back with interest – as his salary could barely feed and provide accommodation for him. Mind you, to write PLAB you will need nothing less than 2.5M, as at then, for the exams, flight and accommodation.

He was not given enough leave to study for PLAB because he worked in a private hospital, so he failed PLAB. The news of his failure, plus the army of creditors who daily hunt him for their money got to him and he checked into a hotel in Suleja and committed suicide.

The hotel guys realised he was not coming out at noon and wasn’t responding to their knocks on the door, so they called the police who opened the door and found him dead, with his certificates in a file and a suicide note apologising to his parents.

He was from a lowly background, so he wanted to change their lives after becoming a doctor and realised the system (Nigeria) was constantly against him. Even though we wouldn’t do that, our level of tolerance differs.

That was the brief story of the doctor that made it possible for our “jobless boy” to ever dream of celebrating a wedding.

Copied from Duke Olayemi Olanitori

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