Medical doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday commenced a nationwide strike.
The doctors begged Nigerians to show understanding, according to a message posted on the association’s Twitter account, @nard_nigeria.
The NARD insisted that the industrial action must start in spite of the Federal Government’s efforts to prevail in the doctors to shelve the strike.
The doctors are on strike to make the Federal Government acceed to their various demands, which include lnon-payment of salaries of between three to five months to some house officers and the non-recruitment of house officers.
The NARD in the tweet, said: “Nigerians must understand that we love them and the strike is not intended to hurt them but to challenge the Nigerian government @MBuhari @Fmohnigeria @LabourMinNG whose responsibilities amongst others is to care for her citizens and labour force to do the needful.”
It would be recalled that few days ago, the NARD had promised to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from April 1 if the Federal Government failed to meet its demands.