Yesterday, a chartered Air Peace flight made a 14 hour journey from Beijing to Lagos. Their precious cargo, 15 Chinese doctors who were at the forefront of China’s fight against the Coronavirus. They were brought to Lagos at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) to share vital knowledge on the techniques used to beat the Coronavirus in China. Along with 16 tonnes of medical equipment, test kits and PPE equipment, Enahire has proven finally that he is ready to set aside his political ambition and face the challenge ahead squarely. However, not everyone seems to have their head on straight, especially our alleged major opposition party, The People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP, through a spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, questioned the Federal Ministry of Health “even as Nigerians across the board have continued to question the status, identity and interest of the Chinese doctors as well as the safety of kits and equipment from China, particularly following scary reports of escalation of the scourge in certain countries reportedly after the arrival of Chinese medical personnel in those countries.”
The evidence that the PDP has brought forward to support its claims that the medical equipment (sourced from Turkey not China) is fake and the Chinese doctors are in Nigeria to further an ‘agenda’? Hearsay and stereotyping. This same stereotyping cost Nigeria and Africa as a whole dearly during the Ebola crisis, African immigrants in Italy were stoned, harassed and beaten, called names like ‘money’ and had their food habits questioned because of the Ebola epidemic. The last thing anyone would expect was for Nigerians to discriminate in a near identical way.
It is truly disappointing that our Nigerian opposition party would put politics and fear mongering over the lives of sick Nigerians and would try to discredit laudable efforts by the NCDC to provide cutting edge research and information to Nigeria. Of what use is an opposition if all they do is try to discredit good work provided it doesn’t come from their own agent.