Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari has declared support in the fight against all forms of cancer, calling on stakeholders to put more efforts into awareness creation in order to reduce the rate of mortality associated with the disease.
She made the call at the national flag-off of “Arm our youth” (ArOY) anti-cancer health campaign, organised by Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora (OCI) Foundation, in collaboration with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja on Thursday.
The first lady who was represented by the wife of the vice president, Dolapo Osibanjo said, “I wish to declare my support in the fight against all forms of cancer. It is also important to come up with new ideas such as this cascade campaign to secondary schools.
In his remarks, the founder and the president of the OCI Foundation, Chris Ifediora, said that the ArOY health campaign offers an innovative approach to stemming the scourge of breast and cervical cancer among Nigerians.
According to him, the organization is seeking partnership with the Nigerian First Lady and her NGO as well as the current Nigerian legislature to expedite the project with Nigerian senior secondary schools, which can see it completed this year (2022), not in 2025 as projected.
Also speaking, the director-general of NYSC, Ibrahim Shuaibu explained that health service to the community is one of the cardinal programs which occupy the heart of the NYSC.
Shuaibu who was represented by the director of corp mobilisation, Victoria Ango noted that the recently concluded NYSC AMC harped on health expanding the scope of the NYSC Health Initiatives for the Nigerian populace.