The national president of the Apex socio-cultural organization in Igbo land under the auspices of Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC), Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka has warned Nigerian government led by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari not to experiment Covid-19 vaccine with the life of innocent Nigerians in Old Eastern Region. The National President of the Council gave this warning in Enugu while answering question from press men on the controversial Covid-19 Vaccine.

Comrade Igboayaka noted that in the history of global health crisis, no introduction of vaccine has ever caused global controversy like Covid-19 vaccine. We have had in the past various vaccines for many ravaging illnesses and none led to controversies like those that are being proposed for Covid-19. It is unfortunate that Africa has become a dumping ground were human lives matter less to the extent of making Nigeria, the acclaimed giant of Africa a trial laboratory for Covid-19 Vaccine.

Comrade Igboayaka described the Covid-19 vaccine as a Sepulchre with a shinning marble. He noted that any attempt to forcefully bring the Vaccine into Igboland must be resisted by Igbo youths and Igbo women will repeat in sevenfold what happened at Aba in 1929. It’s unfortunate that federal government led by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari since 2015 has treated Ndigbo with disdain in all issues of political cum economic development, therefore thinking by any means to bring the Covid-19 Vaccine in Igboland will make Nigeria to experience more than what Somalia saw sometime ago. We therefore urge FG to take the Vaccine to the 95% of Nigerians ( the Hausa/Fulani and Yorubas) who voted for Buhari and not the 5% who were alleged not to have voted for the president.

Ohanaeze Youth Council is aware that Nigeria has recorded even the least confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world, therefore it’s unreasonable and unacceptable for covid-19 vaccine trial to start in Nigeria. Many countries have recorded thousands of cases and fatalities which includes China, Italy, UK, America, Australia, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, etc ; yet most of these countries that are the worst-hit have not accepted the vaccine or administered it to their helpless citizens.

It’s unfortunate that as many countries that are gripped by this pandemic are working tirelessly to discover the remedy to the common enemy, Nigeria Government at all levels are busy staging cases of Covid-19 that are highly questionable in a deliberate effort to loot the state treasury. It is sad that Staging Covid-19 cases has turned out to be a lucrative business among our governors. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has made privileged politicians and elected officers richer. The same Covid-19 reducing the population of America, Italy, Spain, France, China, and so many other countries world over has enriched our political leaders. Over 40 deaths claimed and recorded by FG are not even traceable to any state, LGA, Community or village, even those that are magically set free under the disguise of recovery, we are yet to know the kind of drug they administered that led to their recovery.

It’s therefore not surprise to us that following the death of Abba Kyari who allegedly died of Covid-19 after over a month we heard he tested positive of Covid19, there has not been report of his workers and friends contacting the virus. It’s obvious that from the date Abba Kyari came back from Germany, it took more than one week before he fell ill with noticeable symptoms therefore it’s impossible for him not no have had contact with at least 100 persons in a week, and the 100 persons each must have have also had contacts with 200 persons and so on. Therefore, the expected figures following the trend of transmission is somewhat different from what’s emanating from NCDC and FG making the whole charade questionable.

OYC as a matter of urgency has advised Governors in South-east and South-south to open state borders for free movement in old Eastern Nigeria to avoid being affected by recession which is about to happen in Nigeria and to significantly stabilize regional economy. Comrade Igboayaka noted that the economic survival of Old Eastern Nigeria lies in the hand of the Governors. He maintained closing movement from Imo to Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, Delta, Beyelsa, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwaibom, Edo, Benue and Kogi will cripple the economy of various States.

Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka appreciated dogged Nigeria Senators led by Sen. Enyinnaya Abariba the minority leader of the Red Chamber that kicked the Compulsory Vaccine bill into a waste-bin, he also urged the National Assembly to remain vigilant against introducing any ill-motive Vaccine that wouldn’t serve the interest of Nigeria masses.

OYC therefore, urged Governors of Igbo extraction to convene an economic meeting on how to allow economic activities in all Old Eastern States. Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka urged the Governors of Old Eastern Region to close borders that lead from Western and Northern Nigeria to Old Eastern Nigeria and allow inter-state movement in this region.

OYC maintained that 80% after-effect of Lockdown if not checkmated now will be on Igbo business men who constitute over 70% of business oriented people in Nigeria.

It’s obvious that the lockdown has done more indirect harm than Covid-19, many people have lost their job and business capital has reduced drastically.

Comrade Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Special Assistant Media And Publicity To The National President Ohanaeze Youth Council (O.Y.C)
May 5th, 2020

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