Tuesday, December 09, 2014

NMA says politicians need psychiatric tests before elections

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has recommended that politicians seeking political offices in the 2015 elections must undergo psychiatric test to evaluate the normalcy or otherwise of their mental state.
Dr. Kayode Obembe, National President, NMA said on Sunday in a communiqué after the National Executive Council meeting in Jos that such a test has become necessary because of the manner some political officeholders had been conducting themselves in office.

Obembe added that all psychiatric doctors should register with the Independent National Electoral Commission to supervise such tests.
The communique red, “As the events that will culminate in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria start in different parts of the country, apprehension appears to be building up among the citizenry for so many reasons, ranging from the insecurity challenge being unleashed on the nation by the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, the face-off between the executive and legislative arms of government, the threat of impeachment being peddled by a sizeable section of the National Assembly against the President, to the economic crisis that has necessitated desperate measures from the government.
“The NMA wishes to join other Nigerians at home and abroad as well as the international community, to express the need for politicians in the country to tread with caution so as not to cause tension in a system that is already heated to near-boiling point.
“We also urge the Federal Government to scale up the security apparatus to checkmate the emerging security challenges in the country.”
- By Patrick Aigbokhan

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