New York City, July 1, 2017 —- The Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN, Inc.) condemns, in strongest terms, the senseless and shocking shooting of seven innocent people by Dr. Henry Bello at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital on Friday, June 30, 2017.
On behalf of the Nigerian Community in New York City, we offer our sympathies and condolences to the family of Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, the physician whose life was unjustly taken by this senseless shooting. Our thoughts and prayers also go to the other victims, most of whom are still undergoing treatment for their injuries, as well as to the entire staff and patients of the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, who have been needlessly traumatized by Dr. Bello’s heinous act.
We like to state categorically that Dr. Bello’s dastardly act is by no means reflective of the exemplary service and professionalism of thousands of Nigerian physicians and other health care practitioners all over the United States, who have dedicated their lives and careers to saving lives and are highly respected in the medical field.
Founded over twenty five years ago, the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians is a New York based not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of Nigerians in the Diaspora and has been at the forefront of encouraging Nigerians to make positive contributions in the United States. OAN is also the arrowhead of the Nigerian Independence Day Parade Committee, which is a coalition of Nigerian religious, professional, and socio-cultural organizations that plans the annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York City. These organizations include Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, Nigerian Nurses Association, Nigerian Lawyers Association, Nigerian Social Workers Association, and various religious and Nigerian ethnic associations. OAN also sponsors seminars and symposia on various topical issues, and has received several awards, proclamations, and citations from City, State, and Federal elected officials for its work.