“Some of us, who came here today, came because we don’t even have jobs and we don’t want to do the wrong things,” a doctor, who confirmed the development, told the Punch.
“Two categories of people were here today: the jobless ones and the ones who are poorly remunerated.
“We didn’t commit any crime; we just wanted a better system. So, why is the government trying to frustrate us?”
Adejo Arome, Vice-President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, said the organisers had suspended the exercise as a result of the development.
He said: “Well, some people got to the venue today (Thursday) and when they didn’t meet anyone, they called me and I confirmed from the recruiters and some other doctors that the recruitment has been suspended.
“The recruitment on Tuesday garnered coverage, because of the media publicity. It was everywhere that doctors were going to Saudi Arabia.
“The recruiters had to suspend it because the Federal Government said it felt embarrassed by the news.
“It is a big shame. The government has no right to infringe on the right of the citizens to choose to go to another country. If the system is not working, let them go to another country.”
Hundreds of Nigerian doctors had flooded the Ladi Kwali Hall of the hotel to participate in the recruitment since Tuesday, with another exercise was scheduled for Thursday.
The process occurred at a time when the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are on strike over poor remuneration.
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