In Plateau State, a rights lawyer is offering free healthcare in a serving Senator’s district

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Medics attending to patients at a free healthcare sponsored by Gyang near Jos on 29 November

Gyang Zi, a feared human rights lawyer in Nigeria’s Plateau State is contesting to represent the State’s northern District at the Nigerian Senate in 2023.

“But we cannot wait to win elections before we reach out to our people,” said Zi to a large crowd of poor rural dwellers who gathered at Fan village in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the State to access a free healthcare he provided on 29 November.

“They need to be alive and healthy to [be able to] vote,” he said, speaking through a representative.

A large crowd at the venue of a free healthcare offered by Gyang Zi on 29 November near Jos

Fan is the home town of the current Senator representing Plateau north at the Nigerian Senate. But Zi referenced a “constant health challenge” among residents whom he said lacked “medical attention”.

He specifically noted a “high rate of typhoid infections” due to “lack of safe drinking water”.

“Free medical diagnosis were carried out, treatment and drugs were given to the people alongside water treatment chemicals and several other medical interventions,” wrote Zi to MKR in a text message.

A campaign poster of Gyang Zi is seen on a vehicle parked at the venue of his medical outreach

“We will fight for justice for our people, stand with them and continue to support them in any way we can. Our slogan remains ‘Justice And Rebirth’. We will do more as God enables us,” Zi continued, noting residents were excited about the intervention, despite him not holding any public office yet.

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