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Maryam Abacha Steps Out Again, Speaks At A Lecture In Abuja       

Maryam Abacha steps out again after years away from the public scene.

Funsho Akinwale

Maryam Abacha, the widow of former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, has stepped out again after years in oblivion.

The former First Lady of Nigeria was spotted on Thursday at the 20th anniversary of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Abacha, in her remarks, expressed concern that the National Hospital in Abuja (NHA) may have lost its original focus on women and children.

She said it was becoming a secondary care provider, instead of playing the role of a national referral facility.

“I have, since its establishment, even after leaving office, taken keen interest in the activities, progress and developments at the hospital.

“Please, permit me to highlight equally some other developments which I think do not augur well for the image and progress of the hospital.

“Some of these developments include alleged negligence.

"There have been other complaints, such as improper or inadequate attention to patients, long registration processes and waiting time by patients, attitude problem by hospital workers towards patients, unavailability of prescribed drugs, among others.

“The National Hospital, as well known, is a symbolic national monument for all Nigerians, which should be devoid of prejudices, politics, creed, religion, ethnic bias or sentiment,” she said.