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Discrimination Against Nigerians over Ebola Must Stop – Pres. Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan - November 2013 - BellaNaija

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Abuja restated Federal Government’s displeasure over the continued stigmatisation of Nigerians by some countries over the Ebola virus disease.

A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, quoted the president as making the remark when the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France visited him at the Presidential Villa.

Jonathan, according to the statement, said he expected that Nigerians would no longer suffer discriminatory checks and stigmatisation abroad now that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had certified the country Ebola-free.

He emphasised that there was no justifiable basis for the stigmatisation of Nigerians since Ebola was rapidly contained in the country and never attained epidemic level.

The statement quoted him as telling the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that Nigeria would remain fully vigilant to prevent the re-entry of the virus.

This, according to him, is because the Federal Government recognised that the country will remain at risk as long as Ebola is active in other West African countries or any other part of the world.

“Jonathan assured the visiting ministers that Nigeria would cooperate fully with other concerned nations to stop the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as quickly as possible.

“The ministers told the president that they were in Nigeria to seek further cooperation with the federal government in the growing global effort to contain the outbreak and continued spread of the virus.

“They praised Nigeria’s successful containment of the virus and expressed the desire of France, Germany and the European Union to help other West African countries where the virus still remains active,” the statement said.

Nigeria was certified Ebola-free by the WHO on October 20th, three months after the virus entered the country through a Liberian-American traveler, late Patrick Sawyer.

The country has won global acclaim for its successful control and containment of the virus, making it a global reference point in the management of the disease.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

3 Comments

  1. D'Mamma

    October 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

    charity begins at home
    First stop discrimination against former Ebola patients and their families

  2. Igwe

    October 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Wow Ebola is gone for ever in Ng

  3. jake ro

    October 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Now you are talking mr president.is now getting out of control around the world.when SAS wasn3avaging Asia and the rest of the world , I did not see the world react in the way they are reacting now with ebola.sas was even worse cos the chances of infection is like 100% cos is air born, while that of ebola is about 2 %cos is from body /fluid contact..even as we spèak about ebola now , denge fever is ravaging china and most part of asia , yet no one is stigmatising them..african lèaders has to learn to answer back forcefully when it comes to social and political issues like this ,cos that will determine the way the world reacts you..the media do not mess up with the indians and other asians these days cos their youths knows how to use the social media to jam their systems with complain that they have to practically stop with whatever nonsense they are doing.sometimes is the masses that help the govt.to fight back.the world media defaces african all the time on all sorts of things cos no one is standing up and saying that enough is enough.

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