NIGERIA COVID-19: China Blasts Oby Ezekwesili Over Compensation for Coronavirus Pandemic

The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has lashed out at Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, for demanding compensation from China over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Recall that Ezekwesili, had last month told during a post on 'The Washington Post' asked China to pay compensation to African countries over the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to her, China need to buy failing to manage COVID-19, which had severely injured Africa’s development prospects and worsened the conditions of the poor.

She opined that the simplest solution was for China to accord damages and liability compensation to Africa.

She maintained that Africa shouldn't suffer more because another powerful country did not act responsibly.

Reacting, the Embassy of China in Nigeria said Ezekwesili’s remark made no sense and was irresponsible.

A statement issued and signed by Sun Saixiong, Press Secretary for the Embassy said China has been open, transparent and responsible since the outbreak of the disease.

Calling on the International community to figure in solidarity and not resort to mutual accusation or demand retribution and accountability, Saixiong wondered if the us offered compensations to countries for the 2009 H1N1 flu.

Saixiong noted that the financial turmoil within the US triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 became a worldwide financial crisis and nobody asked the US to require the results .

The Embassy, however, advised Ezekwesili to respect facts, science, and international consensus and stop allowing ‘herself dance to other’s tune.

It also accused Ezekwesili, who was the previous vice chairman for the Africa region at the planet Bank of attacking and blaming China for nothing.

“Did anyone ask the US to supply compensation for the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was first diagnosed before breaking out on an outsized scale within the US then spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 200,000 people? AIDS was first reported within the US within the 1980s then swept across the planet , including Africa, causing untold sufferings to countless victims.

“China has taken the foremost comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures to contain its spread and conduct international cooperation. during this process, China has made tremendous sacrifices, accumulated valuable experience, and made significant contributions to the worldwide response. The international community bears witness to and applauds China’s efforts and progress,” it said.

The Embassy reiterated that COVID-19 was a standard enemy to mankind and China may be a victim not a perpetrator or an accomplice.

“We must understand that our enemy is that the virus, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus by pulling together. Attacking and discrediting others won't save time and lives lost,” Guardian quoted the embassy as saying.

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