“While such situation could be permissible 50 years back, no justifiable reason can be adduced to it in the present day Nigeria,” he said.
The former president urged eye patients to abide by whatever instructions the doctors gave them.
Obasanjo’s wife, Bola, who was also at the programme, called for concerted effort to assist the physically challenged in the society.
He said that the lowest cost of the kind of eye surgery being performed for the people ranged between N150, 000 and N200, 000.
Makinde said that the former president insisted that the surgery must be free of charge, stressing that “eye surgery is like a magic or miracle”.
“Many people, who were carried here because they could not see, had walked home by themselves after the surgery,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries from Delta, Mrs Janet Ali, 70, thanked the organisers of the programme for their assistance.
Ali, who claimed to be the bread-winner of her family, said the misfortune befell her three years ago when she suddenly went blind.
“My family has suffered a lot since this blindness started three years ago as I could not travel again to trade.
“In fact, I have lost hope of ever being able to see again, but thank God for this programme which has restored my sight,” she said.
The programme commenced on Wednesday, May 28 and will end on Tuesday, June 3. (NAN