COVID-19: NUJ cautions federal govt over Chinese medical mission to Nigeria


By Tayo Alabi

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) National Secretariat on Saturday raised alarm over the decision of the Federal Government to bring Chinese Medical doctors to Nigeria to fight COVID- 19, saying Nigerian doctors are doing exceptionally well in fighting the outbreak.

The NUJ cautioned that it will be counter productive to bring in Chinese doctors.

A statement jointly signed by the National President of the Union, Chris Isiguzo and the National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman noted that while some have applauded the way and manner China contained the virus in Wuhan- the only Chinese city to be so affected, “we hasten to note that there is more to this charade than is being let out by the Chinese authorities, and we  reject a situation where Nigeria will be used as a Guinea pig for any experiment”. 

The Union plead with the Federal Government to stop the Medical team from coming to Nigeria, stressing that because of the Italian example where there was an inexplicable spike in Covid 19 related deaths when the Chinese doctors arrived the country.

“The FG should as a matter of urgent concern investigate the allegation that what is happening today is associated with the launching of the 5G communication network, as Nigerians are becoming more agitated over the issue which cannot be swept under the carpet.

“We urge the FG to be more proactive in dealing with these emerging issues because any mistake made will be catastrophic” the statement concluded.

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