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AN ADDRESS BY HIS HIGHNESS, PROF. T.O. OMON OLEABHIELE ON THE RECONCILIATORY MEETING AT THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH ABUJA, 18, SEPTEMBER, 2018

October 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

AN ADDRESS BY HIS HIGHNESS, PROF. T.O. OMON OLEABHIELE ON THE RECONCILIATORY MEETING AT THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH ABUJA, 18, SEPTEMBER, 2018

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, the director of traditional Medicine and Complimentary Alternative Medicine, staff of the Ministry of Health, fellow practitioners of traditional medicine and all other protocols duly observed.

I thank God that we have been eventually invited for this reconciliatory meetings today in your ministry and I pray God to give us the ability to witness true reconciliation today. I am a Catholic Christian and I am prepared to speak the truth at all times.

All that we have witnessed in NANTMP from inception when it was founded was never anticipated. When on that day we came to visit the Hon. Minster of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo and God used me Prof. T. O. Omon Oleabhiele to move the motion that the Government through the Federal Ministry of Health is kindly requested to help us to sponsor the unification and formation of a supreme umbrella body where all the traditional doctors in Nigeria must belong to. The body will be comparable in outlook to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) where all the practicing medical doctors belong. It will be comparable to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) were all practicing Nigerian Lawyers belong to, it will be comparable to the Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria (PSN) where all practicing  pharmacists belong to. It will be comparable to the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) where all Nigerian teachers belong to or the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) were all the practicing Nigerian journalists belong to, etc.

 

This body is supposed to regulate, monitor and sanction the practice of Traditional Medical Practitioners in Nigeria. We did not anticipate what we are experiencing in traditional medicine in Nigeria today. We thought that everybody was happy that NANTMP has been formed and that we should be very open and united and co-operative as well as render help to one another. That was the purpose, we wrote a constitution and agreed that there would be local executives starting from the ward level to the local government level and the local government level will have its own executives of 3 people who will represent each local government at the state level i.e. Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary and at the state level, NANTMP will have its own executives which is elected by the 3 representatives comprising of the state Chairman, the Vice Chairman and the Secretary to form the electoral college which will elect the NANTMP executives who will elect the NANTMP executives at the Federal level.

We agreed that the tenure of the executives will be 3 years and it will have a board of trustee which will not be elected but appointed by the substantive president of the association and its executives for a non-renewable 5 years tenure. It was also agreed that each geo-political zone will have a vice president who will act as the eyes of the president in the zone.

 

We did not anticipate that some people will be planning on hijacking the association to become their private property. It was never agreed that the association will be owned by the board of trustees and that they will be become the final arbiter and occupy their position for life and will not be subject to any litigations. However, after the takeoff of NANTMP, it was found out that anomalies were smuggled into the constitution by the board of trustees and these anomalies created an unprecedented confusion in NANTMP. These anomalies were only a means to enrich themselves at the expense of the association resulting in a situation were the board of trustees go to each state, collect monies from people and appoint them as parallel executives different from the duly recognized and elected executives and also increase the number of the members of the board of trustees arbitrarily and indiscriminately with recourse to the constitution and outside the knowledge of the executives, thereby creating confusion and rancor within the NANTMP. On discovery of these anomalies before the expiration of Prof. Bechi’s executives, he formed a committee headed by myself to head to verify and rectify the constitution and to correct any anomaly therein. This we did and decided that since the state governors, the state houses of assembly members, the honorable members of house of representatives and honorable members of the senate and the President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria all have a four years tenure, we agreed to along the NANTMP to be on consonance with the practice of staying a four years tenure, however we left the board of trustees to maintain their five years tenure, not a life tenure or to be the final arbiter,  but to play an advisory role in NANTMP. Yet they did not listen to the voice of reason but threw away our advice and stayed adamant to the rule of law and went from state to state illegally appointing executives. When I became president of NANTMP, I decided to approach the courts to seek redress on behalf of the association, which is still in court today.

 

However, I have attempted to settle these issues outside the court, this exercise has taken me to the residence and office of the Chairman Board of Trustees in Lagos more than 15 time, trying to resolve this alien article smuggled in to the NANTMP constitution illegally by a purported unknown person and each time he tells me that he was not the person who smuggled it into the constitution, since he was a member of the constitutional drafting committee, I asked him, “Are you not aware that we agreed for a 5 years tenure for the Board of Trustees”? Let us simply expunge the smuggled article from the constitution and allow NANTMP to move forward. He said he will do it, but has never taken any positive action in that regard. At a point we had a reconciliatory agreement drafted by a lawyer in his house and signed by both of us and our witnesses on behalf of NANTMP executives and the board of trustees and mandated by a joint meeting of bother the board of trustees and the NANTMP executives held at Apo village, so that we can reconcile which he and his board of trustee members violated.

 

Now that you have gotten involved as the Permanent Secretary Sir, I want to pray that you use your good office to address these knotty issues so that the association can achieve its goals. I want to announce an election committee which will go round all the state of the federation to elect executives from amongst whom the Chairman, Vice Chairman And Secretary who will come to Abuja to form an electoral college to elect a credible executive whom my executives will hand over to. I will not contest for any position.

I will however not hand over NANTMP to any cabal which is what the board of trustees has constituted itself into. The board of trustee has been in place since 2006 and is 12 years now. The board of trustee should be dissolved and retired and allow a new set of credible unselfish board of trustees to emerge. I want a united body where love and harmony flows, where the spirit of embezzlement and usurpation cannot be allowed to breed unchecked. The constitution should be rectified and recertified. None of the associations wants to imitate has a board of trustee which is in place for life or acts as the final arbiter and cannot be subject to litigation. NANTMP is supposed to be a democratic association, not totalitarian tyrannical association where a cabal reigns unchecked.

 

Our prayers are:

  1. The dissolution of the Board ot Trustee with immediate effect. They are the origin and cause of all the problems in the NANTMP.
  2. Recertification of the NANTMP constitution.
  3. A mandatory announcement within one month from today by the president of the association for the formation of an electoral committee to elect state executives all over the country
  4. Dissolution of all the purported and illegal executive appointed by the board of trustees which outside their powers
  5. In the spirit of the anti-corruption drive the President Muhammad Buhari’s government, the board of trustees should reveal the identity of the person who smuggled the anomalous article into NANTMP constitution
  6. The board of trustee should give account of their stewardship in the last 12 years as well as what happened to all the money collected from the illegally appointed executives. These people should also be made to give account of their activities

Thank you very much the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health as well as your executives for listening to me. I pray that the good Lord would give you the wisdom to fight for justice to prevail in the Federal Ministry of health and the NANTMP and in our country Nigeria. Thank you very much everybody here present

NANTMTP…heal the Nation

Heal the Nation, NANTMP

Signed

HRH. Prof. T. O Omon Oleabhiele

President, NANTMP

 

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NANTMP SAYS BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS NO POWER TO CONDUCT ELECTIONS

December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

  • NANTMP, says the Board of Trustees has no power to conduct elections of the association.
  • That one Andrew Anyanwu (aka: Akarachi) being paraded by the Board of Trustees as their president is not a registered member of NANTMP (if he has proof let him produce it)
  • The President who is known to members of NANTMP and their latest rallying point is Dr. Dada Ibrahim Nakowa,  from Lambata in Gurara L.G.A. of Niger State.
  • The Board of Trustees of NANTMP may face charges of contempt of court having flouted the Order of a Federal High Court by conducting election without vacating the court order.

 

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DANMASANI AND HIS COHORTS DO NOT MEAN WELL FOR NANTMP.

April 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

During the tenure of the first Executives of NANTMP, Alhaji Salihu Danmasani was elected vice President in charge of North central zone, during this time in that office it has been established that he did not register anybody from his area of operation for the entire time he occupied that office for NANTMP.

This seemed curious at the time and events that have since unfolded have exposed the reason behind this anomaly. Before the Federal Government directed that all traditional medicine associations in the country come under a single association, Alhaji Salihu Danmasani had a field day in the northern part of Nigeria. This is because Traditional medicine at the time was mainly unregulated and traditional doctors were not properly accredited or regulated in the remote part of the north in particular and Nigeria in general. Capitalizing on the illiteracy level prevalent in the north, he projected himself and his interests and as such became recognize in different traditional fora in the north. He also became the representative of commonwealth group which was absorbed into the NANTMP when the federal government directive came into effect in 2006. In this regard he became the vice president in charge of north central zone. When this executive succeeded the first executive, he became the deputy president of NANTMP. The executive then set 5 goals to move NANTMP forward urgently.

  1. Proper accreditation and registration of genuine traditional doctors nationwide.
  2. Genuine elections of officials to run the activities of NANTMP in all the states.
  3. Lobby for the quick passage of the bill on traditional medicine.
  4. To have a permanent office so that NANTMP does not become a liability to the Federal Ministry of Health.
  5. To ensure that NANTMP members are tutored to meet the NAFDAC registration criteria and standard to enable them register their herbal products with NAFDAC.

We then established standing committees within our first one year in office. Electoral committee was then set up and Evangelist .C. Nwogu was appointed chairman of this very important committee which was mandated to conduct elections nationwide with justice and fair play.  Alhaji Salihu Danmasani was never a member of this committee but in bid to continue his nefarious work and in a bid to trick NANTMP members again which has been his stock in trade, he cornered Evangelist .C. Nwogu without my knowledge and told her that because she is of Igbo extraction, her safety could not be guaranteed in the north because of the activities of the Boko haram terrorist who are targeting the Igbos, he then suggested that she should allow him conduct the elections and forward names of winners to her which she will then present to the association. This act I must mention here was totally wrong, illegal and a travesty of our collective mandate given to Evangelist Uwogu.

This wrong arrangement then came into effect and soon Salihu Danmasani was conducting elections not only in the north, but nationwide. He conducted elections in the South-east as well as in the South-south. It was while he was conducting elections in the South-south and I visited the venue being my home state that I saw Danmasani in the midst of the electoral committee that was when I asked how come? If Danmasani was now among the people conducting election and I found out what was going on. I objected and told Evangelist Nwogu to do the right thing but Alhaji Danmasani I later found out used this opportunity to install his cronies into sensitive NANTMP offices illegally, even though none of these people are genuine Traditional Medicine practitioners from our investigation.

When we got to our next meeting I raised up the issue and asked why the money realized from the sales of forms into different offices during the election was not reflected in the NANTMP account, Danmasani almost turned the issue into a fracas but Evangelist .C. Nwogu explained that she was not with the cheque book or necessary documents to explain the situation, but promised to provide it in the next meeting. It was then a strange story that emerged when Nwogu came back to say that on her way home from that same meeting which we saw her in the company of Danmasani and Ogbeji, that her bag was stolen after she entered the vehicle and all effort to trace it proved abortive. She also reported that every document in her possession with respect to NANTMP was in the bag and was stolen as well. She provided a police extract and a sworn affidavit to that effect as well as a letter to the bank notifying the bank and stopping any transaction with the lost cheque book.

The northern zones that have not been having registered herbal practitioners complained earlier through this Danmasani that the lack of certificates immediately Traditional Doctors are registered was the reason very few traditional doctors are registered in the north. In a bid to rectify this difficult and ugly situation, I handed over 2,700 certificates, ID cards and forms which were signed for by Danmasani to issue to traditional doctors as requested by him at the point of registration. These certificates include all the certificates that should have been given to all the traditional doctors that will be registered by the three vice presidents of the north. Which where yet to be issued to them but because Danmasani came to benin and was made to collect them. He turned back some time later to say he had an accident and lost all the certificates, ID cards, and forms I gave him. This amounted to #13,500,000 naira at #5,000 naira per registrated traditional doctor, in the presence of Aminu wada of kastina state. At this stage I got very suspicious and began to investigate Danmasani clandestinely.

Note: He has also gone to nine local governments in Kogi state and conducted elections illegally under the NANTMP name. This was a flagrant disregard of the constitution as NANTMP executive and myself did not send him to conduct any such election. He printed certificates on his own and returning victory elected paper which he solely distributed to the so called winners without the knowledge of any NANTMP officers or the vice president of that zone and sworn in this people as the new officers without the knowledge of anybody. The names of the local government where he conducted these illegal elections are Idah, Ankpa, Dekina, Otu, Ibaji, Igalamela, Oguma, Olamaboro, and Omala local government in Kogi state. All the money he realized from this illicit deal was paid into his account where he used a different name to open the account with UBA bank at Idah.

When Ekpechi the vice president north central in charge of that state questioned him and the illegality of his actions he wrote a petition to the police and requested that the D.P.O. and the commissioner of police should arrest Dr. Suleman Ekpeji if he comes to Kogi again which he is in charge of, he called me and told me he had asked the police to arrest Ekpeji, and I asked why, after hearing his unauthorized flensing excuses I directed the police to disregard his petition as Ekpeji was carrying out his mandate in NANTMP for which he is the vice president in that zone, through a letter I wrote titled “To whom it may concern”. Seeing that his plan did not work, he then moved a motion in our next meeting to pass a vote of no confidence on Ekpeji, which I promptly aborted. Investigations later revealed that he threatened to deal with Ekpeji for questioning the illegality that Danmasani was committing in the name of NANTMP in his zone. That was what led to the whole issue. According to the laid down rules of NANTMP no elections are supposed to be conducted without the authority from the electoral committee which must be permitted by the president and his executives. When I saw what was going on, I decided to dig deeper and I discovered to my horror that Alhaji Salihu Danmasani printed forms, certificates and ID cards of NANTMP on his own and was issuing same to people and paying the money realized into his personal account and remember that he also sold 2,700 certificates he claimed got missing in an accident without the authority from NANTMP and we saw such numbers of certificates sold to the traditional doctors from the south west zone using himself and doctor Lateef Adeyeye in that zone to perpetuate this fraudulent act. He also scanned signatures of officers as well as mine, this is simply fraud. I have since submitted the result of my findings to the federal government and I have received assurances that when they conclude their own investigation, the full weight of the law will be brought to be on him because he is ready to destroy NANTMP if not checked. When he discovered that he was been investigated, he decided to create schism and confusion in NANTMP and have vowed to make NANTMP ungovernable. But I assure all traditional doctors and Nigerians that he has no strength to do that for he can never succeed to ruin NANTMP by the grace of Almighty GOD that says Nigerian will have one united association that will work for the betterment of this country and will create a procedure for the accurate standardization that will create jobs and wealth for Nigerians. That we are traditional doctors does not make us illiterate rather I have met some of the brightest minds in this association. Danmasani with a total disregard for laid down rules and procedures and without recourse to NANTMP constitution, he ‘Danmasani’ is not ashamed to say he constituted a disciplinary committee under his own rules and with non members of the association like Gbakaladu and Elder Jacob, declared himself president of NANTMP and even went to as far as writing a letter in this regard to the federal ministry of health which is investigating him. I asked what happened to the money he realized from the sales of certificates and levies he has been collecting in the guise of NANTMP. We are aware some people were made to pay directly to his account and if he has remitted a naira to NANTMP account he should show evidence because I have hard evidence of his activities. He made some shameful claims against me to confuse people in other to miss interpret the investigation exercise been carried out against him, let him show evidence that his claims are true; this is the course of his agitation.

Questions:

Does a subordinate in office query his boss, when there was no meeting where any motion was raised on any given issue, and to go the extent of setting up a so called disciplinary committee with non members of NANTMP to try his Boss?

He does not know what he is doing, he is sinking and need to hold anything. Danmasani has since been deregistered with his cohorts like Lateef Adeyeye and G.C. Ochaigha. These were some of his illegal aids which he thought would be used by him to destabilize NANTMP and that is why the elections in the 19 northern states and the six states in the south west zone where cancelled by the executive because Evangelist .C. Nwogu was not present at these election at all but only the south-east and the south-south where Nwogu was there present is upheld.

For example the date ticked for election in south west when Evang. Nwogu reached there she was told that the election was done two days earlier before her arriver therefore election was not done in the west. To be precise these officers were deregistered on the 5th of March 2013 and Danmasani claimed to pass a vote of no confidence on the 8th of March 2013 when he was no longer a member of NANTMP at that time with his cohorts. Let him show where he remitted money he realized from elections in the 19 Northern states if he says I am accusing him falsely. All the money he collected from the 6 south Western states and 9 local government council from Kogi state as well as money realized from the sales of NANTMP certificates which he signed and which I have the numbers, as well as the money from the one hundred copies of the NANTMP constitution which amounted to #50,000 naira, and money realized from all the elections he has been conducting nationwide. He should be disregarded as he does not mean well for NANTMP and is not a member of this association any longer. He is not our president and should be disregarded with his men who has no hope of registering any herbal medicine with NAFDAC in their life time but only interested in quickly registering people with fake paper and think they can make a good living by such methods. How can a deregistered and expelled officer be acting as a president as if there is no law in our association. He is trying to use the same tactics to tell all the members of the Executives and BOT that they will remain in their respective positions should they listen to his false claims.

It should also be made known that danmasani has no constitutional power to conduct any meeting when I am in Nigeria and I did not permit him to do what he is doing now. So whatever he does is null and void. I did not permit him and I am the chairman disciplinary committee of the association and the President of NANTMP not even a name can be in any of the standing committee if I did not approve it. Those he called disciplinary committee members is false and a big lie. Gbakaladu is from Kwara state and he is not a member of the kwara state executive to represent kwara state because he is neither chairman, vice chairman or secretary of that state to be eligible to represent kwara state if there is electoral college meeting which is the laid down rules for NANTMP. Elder Jacob is not known to me because he is not a member of the executive in any state, who elected them and where do they come from, G.C. Ochaighia is not a member of the disciplinary committee he was appointed on 24th of April, 2012 into the BOT and his name is not yet registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) before he started committing blunders, so he has therefore been deregistered and expelled from the NANTMP association.

Please know and ask danmasani the following questions:

  1. How much was inherited by this our Executives on entry this position?
  2. How many people have registered in the north whose teller and payment from the bank can be seen as at today?
  3. How much money has he worked into NANTMP since the entry of this executive despite the entire certificate given to him was fully signed for?
  4. How much has himself with his Ogbeji and G.C. Ochaighia paid unto NANTMP account?
  5. How much money did he pay into NANTMP with proof of bank teller?
  6. Where did NANTMP get the money he is claiming I embezzled, who worked this said money, has he a proof for it?
  7. How much has he received since this executive come into being and his cohorts that the treasurer, financial secretary can produced.
  8. Can he show Gbakaladu registration form and receipt of payment for membership either in the bank teller which is a proof that his money is in NANTMP account.
  9. Why is danmasani desperate to become president, is it to cover up all that he has stolen or what? Why can’t he wait to contest for president when the time comes?

It looks that he is paid to destroy NANTMP and our GOD will never allow him to succeed in doing it. Media men and women should please find out the truth and help cub this crafty man. Other nations are getting huge money from their natural medicine but Danmasani with his paid cohorts are busy planning how to pull down those who are determined to lift traditional medicine up in our country to enable traditional medicine also produce needed funds to create jobs and wealth for Nigerians and humanity.

He should not be allowed.

Thanks.

HRH Chief Prof. T.O. Omon Oleabhiele JP

National President NANTMP

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DISCLAIMER

March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

The National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) hereby announces to the general public that Alhaji Dr. Mohammed Salihu Danmasani, former Deputy President; Chief DR. Lateef Adeyeye, former South West Vice President and Dr. G.C. Ochiagha, former BOT Chairman of NANTMP have been deregistered from NANTMP records as a result of fraud and embezzlement of the Association’s money. They were deregistered and expelled from NANTMP association at a Joint meeting of the National Executive and Board of Trustees of NANTMP held at Brifina Hotel Ltd. Gwagwalada Area Council, FCT Abuja on 5th March, 2013

The public is hereby advised to desist from doing business with them in the name of the Association for anyone who does so, does so at his or her own risk.

The following practitioners have been selected to replace the impersonators and trouble mongers each with a person from his geo-political area as listed below: Dr. Kibya Hamisu from Kano State replaces Alhaji Dr. Mohammed Salihu (Danmasani) as Deputy National President; Chief Dr. Awishe Aderibigbe from Osun State replaces Chief Dr. Lateef Adeyeye as the Vice President of the South West Zone and C. Nze Na Ozo Norner U.U. Okorie from Imo State replaces Chief G.C. Ochiagha as Board of Trustee Chairman.  Furthermore,  Dr. Saad Idris the Vice President of North East geo-political zone who has been absent in all the meetings of the National Executives committee soon after his election in 2011 is also replaced by Dr. Umaru Nange from Bauchi State.

Signed

HRH. Chief Prof. T.O. Omon Oleabhiele (JP)

National President NANTMP

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COMMUNIQUE

November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Traditional Medicine is:

  1. Health Provider
  2. Job Creator
  3. Agriculture and its derivatives in its own capacity
  4. Traditional medicine reduces cost of Health provision and related services in a country that recognizes and legalizes it.
  5. Traditional medicine potentials is greater than that of Crude Oil upon which Nigeria is presently basing her budget on, we should therefore explore it.

If we Nigerians are wise, we should therefore pass the Bill on traditional Medicine because of its multiplier benefits to the society and the Economy.

We call on our understanding and amiable leader, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan whom all the traditional doctors endorsed and voted for, to give an Executive Directive as a matter of necessity on the passage of the Traditional Medicine Bill in the Law. This bill has been lying down in the National Assembly since 2006.

For the Governors, we thank the Governor of the States that have formed the Traditional Medicine Board in their states such as Edo , Lagos, Anambra and Bauchi States. We urge other state Governors whose Commissioners of health and their State House of Assembly that have not created the Traditional Medicine Board to kindly request them to do so with dispatch.

We also pray the Governors to ensure that genuine and registered members of the NANTMP be made Chairmen and members of the Board to protect the interest of the practice unlike the present practice in some states whereby Medical Doctors and Pharmacists are made Chairmen of Traditional Medicine Board. What does a Medical Doctor who doesn’t want traditional medicine to be given to his patient want to do in a Board that is set up for regulation and promotion of Traditional Medicine Practice?

This time is for building, the experts should be allowed to lay the foundation and construct the building, anybody else may pack in later to enjoy the structure.

The traditional doctors should be given the opportunity to regulate and promote the practice for now. Though we are aware that some people are fighting traditional medicine because of ignorance, but we are also aware that as soon as five (5) traditional medicine products are developed up to WHO set standards it would benefit all stake holders in the health sector in particular, Nigeria as a whole and would definitely improve the economy of the Nation.

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