The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi has said he took time off during the Easter celebration to visit hospitals around Anambra State.
The former governor said this while explaining why he visited a Diocesan Hospital in Umueje to mark the Easter celebration in company of the Anglican Bishop of Niger West, Most Rev. Dr Johnson Ekwe, Prof. Stella Okunna and Chief Barr. Joe-Martins Uzodike.
Speaking to newsmen during the visit, Obi said the decision was borne out of the inspiration he got in December, during Christmas celebration.
“In season and out of season, I visited schools in all the parts of the country offering them my modest support. During the Christmas celebration, I visited motherless babies homes and prisons, but upon reflection, as if by inexplicable inspiration, my mind kept urging me to visit the sick as another group that needed to be shown special love and concern.
“This was how I resolved to visit hospitals in the state. Apart from a few in the towns that enjoy a special relationship with me, my resolution is to visit hospitals in the remotest parts of the state.”
An aide of the former governor revealed that Obi’s intention was to visit about 50 designated hospitals in the remotest parts of the state as part of his Easter celebration.
The aide who spoke on condition of anonymity said he has already visited 12 hospitals some of which are: Diocesan Hospital of the Anglican Diocese of Amichi; St. Charles Borromeo Hospital of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha; Iyi-Enu Hospital of the Anglican Diocese on the Niger; Anglican Diocesan Hospital at Otuocha and Omor.
Obi also visited the Umueje Hospital; and St. Mary’s Hospital Orsumoghu of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, among others.
In each of the hospitals, our correspondent gathered that he handed over a cheque of 1 million to each to the management and encouraged other wealthy Nigerians to shun spending on frivolities for those things that would enrich humanity.