A former lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Senator John Owan Enoh has encouraged the people of the state to take advantage of the offerings by his Non Governmental Organisation, the JOE Foundation for Diabetes, saying his primary aim of floating the health programme was to save lives.
Senator Owan Enoh stated this ahead of the November 15, 2021 Walkout Diabetes organised by the JOE Foundation for Diabetes Awareness in Calabar.
Noting that there was no political considerations for the initiative, Owan Enoh said in a statement on Tuesday, that sickness never care about political parties or political affiliations and that it was an act of ignorance for people to link his foundation to politics.
The senator floated the foundation as part of activities to mark his 50th birthday, in 2016, and through it has touched thousands of life who have been tutored and assisted on the management of diabetes.
Meanwhile, the Foundation has debunked insinuations that the road show, tagged walk against diabetes, being organised by the JOE Foundation was only for those in the APC. The statement said it was unfortunate for people to spread such falsehood and noted that the exercise was for everybody, irrespective of tribe, colour, state of origin or party affiliation.
The statement said “diabetes is a disease that affects all humans, irrespective of political party, age, colour, height, body size. Therefore, whether in APC, PDP, APGA, YPP, YDP, Labour Party etc, you aren’t immune to it if you aren’t aware and/or if you don’t regularly keep healthy and fit.
“The attention of the JOE Foundation for diabetes has been called to enquiry by willing participants who are not in the same political party with the founder of the foundation as to whether they can take part in the November 15th walk.
“Our answer to this is capital YES because the walk isn’t a political walk but against a disease that has for many years ravaged humanity. Ignore any call or comments to the contrary please. All Cross Riverians are invited to join the walk. The kick-off time will be 8am, from the Millennium Park, Calabar (Eleven Eleven).”