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The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has commenced investigation against Dr. Adeniran Abraham Ariyo who allegedly made “slaughter Igbos” hateful comment. Click here >> TO READ ALLEGED HATE COMMENT.
In this case the TMB received a load of complaints from angry Nigerians who expressed desire to have Dr. Ariyo investigated and to seek justice. The TMB notifies all complainant and here is a sample of their response:
Since this is a standard initial response, and it contains some ambiguity, then it is imperative to have the Texas Medical Board explain some ambiguous terms.
This may have prompted Dr. Peter Ejirika, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas to write the TMB a letter as a concerned citizen. His letter to the Texas Medical Board exclusively obtained by Nigeria Moment from sources familiar with the investigation, reads as follows:
Dear Board Members:
“May I thank the board for taking out time from its busy schedule to respond to my complaint within a short time? However, I have difficulty understanding the clause included in the board’s response which is as follows, ” As, you know, the Texas Medical Board enforces those requirements governing the practice of medicine as set forth in the Texas Occupations Code and Board Rules”.
Inferring from this position statement it appears the board is contending it has reviewed the merits of my complaint by adopting a narrow construction of the term “medical practice”. This approach will definitely negate the legislative intent of the Texas Medical Practice Act of 1999 which I will paraphrase as follows, “as a matter of public policy it is necessary to protect the public interest”. In addition, the adoption of a narrow perspective of the term medical practice violates both the intent of the Geneva Declaration, as amended, (1999) and the Ethics of the Medical Profession.
Furthermore, Dr. Adeniran Abraham Ariyo was engaged in a medical practice when he, in his professional opinion as a Texas Licensed Cardiologist, advised Nigerians to kill the Igbos as they are being presently killed in South Africa. In determining whether or not Dr. Adeniran Abraham Ariyo was engaged in a medical practice when he incited certain Africans to engage in international terrorism, the board should be aware that he put himself out to the general public as a cardiologist, as his face book picture and narrative will confirm. Therefore, by putting himself out to the public as a cardiologist and within that context advising and promoting a systematic destruction or preservation of human life can be rightly construed as engaging in the practice of medicine.
Unfortunately, the Medical Profession which was developed to save and promote life has culminated in being an instrument for destroying lives, as in the case of Dr. Kevorkian (1999) and in the case of Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan, (2009). In the spirit of promoting public safety, this incident will be reported to the Texas Attorney General to assist the Medical Board in its definition of the term “Medical Practice” and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that Dr. Ariyo is being monitored. The Texas Medical Board should be aware that it has a professional moral responsibility to protect the lives of Igbo/Americans by ensuring that justice is served in this case.” –
Dr. Peter Ejirika, CPA
University of Mary Hardin Baylor