Thought Leadership


On this blog….we made a decision at the beginning that no matter how strongly we feel about other social and political issues in Nigeria, we would keep our blog related to health issues.

We still try to…but pls…bear with us this time.

Today, I found out that yet another person I know had been kidnapped in Anambra state. Why is this important to this blog. The person is a colleague, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who taught me and hundreds of other doctors as we passed through the University of Nigeria. He is one of the leading obstetricians in eastern Nigeria who has literally delivered thousands of babies, most of who will be teenagers today. That is how low our society has reached.

This happens because we have kept quiet as our governments has abdicated on its responsibilities.

We think it will not happen to one of “ours”, we pray that our own families are spared, and that we are not called on to raise the ransom for our friends.

Doctors rightly or wrongly have been reverred and protected by societies. If this eminent colleague can be kidnapped in his own home…our society has disintegrated…truly. Thinking through the consequences of this on our society is scarry…truly.

If you think this does not affect you…think again.

For our leaders….”leaders!”…well

On the same day this happens, the Governor, the chief security officer of the state ….is quoted as reading the Riot Act to kidnappers and their sponsors in the state

What a joke….what a joke!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

By Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

2 replies on “Kidnapped!”

Why do we complain and comment on the government when for the last decade or morewe have barely noticed the impact of any government. They don’t provide healthcare, functional schools, security or safety, water, electricity.

I can go on but your blog must have a limit.

Keep up the good work

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