By G9ija

Obasanjo made this vow on Tuesday at an event commemorating the 2022 World Diabetics Day, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) at the Main Auditorium of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun state capital. 

He said, “Then, I vowed that whatever I can do for girl-child education, I will always do. And this unfortunate idea of girl-child education ending in the kitchen is unimportant.

“The culture of giving preference to a male child over a female child is an idea and culture that must be killed. Woe betides anyone who attempts to relegate my eldest child, Iyabo. Iyabo will crush such a person, be he or she.” 

Obasanjo condemned those against girl-child education in the country, declaring that woes betide anyone against the such step.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Tuesday, Obasanjo emphasized the need for contentment in every human endeavor as it could also reduce the chances of getting Diabetic.

Obasanjo, the chief visioner of the foundation, said his personal experience of a girl-child struggle for education made him include girl-child education as a priority for the foundation.

According to Obasanjo, “When I started school in the village, I had a junior sister, after two years of starting school my sister started school. I was first in my two years and as I went along, my sister was also first in the school she started and suddenly, our father decided that – because a girl-child education ends in the kitchen, pulled her out of school – I remained in school. 

“And that singular action made the difference between her development into adulthood and my development into adulthood. And, I thought that when I come back from the UK I will send her to school. And by the time I came back from the UK, my wife had given my sister to marriage and that ended my sister’s education. 

“Then, I vowed that whatever I can do for girl-child education, I will always do. And this unfortunate idea of girl-child education ending in the kitchen is unimportant. The culture of giving preference to a male child over a female child is an idea and culture that must be killed. Woe betides anyone who attempts to relegate my eldest child, Iyabo. Iyabo will crush such a person, be he or she,” he said.

Meanwhile, Obasanjo responded to newsmen’s questions on his including the letter “C” to his DREAMS (DREMS+C) acronym for conquering Diabetes and other NCDs. He explained that “C” stands for Contentment, stressing that contentment should be key is staying alive and healthy, and this only comes from the Almighty God. 

Earlier, Professor of Medicine, Olufemi Fasumale emphasized the need for government to make policies that will promote healthy living and policies to improve access to high-quality healthcare services.

Fasumale urged people to always maintain a healthy lifestyle, learn to eat a healthy diet, and avoid taking tobacco. 

He explained that Nigeria has limited access to experts, saying the nation has 150 practicing diabetologists, which he described as one of the major challenges facing the health sector.

The 2022 World Diabetes Day with the theme, “Access to Diabetes Care,” is focusing on the need for better access to quality education for healthcare professionals

About 537 million adults worldwide have been diagnosed to be living with diabetes in the year 2021 and the number is expected to rise to about 643 million by 2030.

Meanwhile, almost 1 in 2 adults ( 44%) with diabetes remain undiagnosed, with more than 3 in 4 people with the ailment living in developing countries.