President Jonathan condemns stigmatization of Nigerians over Ebola


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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Wednesday in Abuja condemned the
stigmatization of Nigerians by some
countries over recent cases of the Ebola
Virus Disease in the country.
Speaking at a meeting with Mr. David
Navarro, a Special Envoy of the United
Nations Secretary-General, President
Jonathan particularly denounced
discriminatory actions such as that which
forced Nigeria’s team to the Youth
Olympics in China to abandon its
participation.
Noting that there was no justification for such
stigmatization of Nigerians since the Ebola
Virus Disease had been effectively contained
in the country and never attained epidemic
levels, the President called for the cessation of
discriminatory actions against Nigerians over
the virus and urged the UN Secretary General,
Mr. Ban Ki Moon to support the call.
Responding to the Secretary General’s
commendation of Nigeria’s management of the
threat of Ebola, President Jonathan praised the
Federal Ministry of Health, the Lagos State
Government and all Nigerians for the success
achieved so far in containing the virus and
avoiding a national epidemic.
“All hands have been on deck to contain the
virus here. I commend my team and the Lagos
State Government. We have been able to set
politics aside and work in unison to deal with a
national threat.
“All other Nigerians have played a part too by
complying with the directives and advice we
have issued to stop the virus from spreading
any further. The success we have had is a
testimony to what we can achieve as people if
we set aside our differences and work
together,” he told Mr. Navarro.
The President assured the Special Envoy that in
spite of the seeming success of its
containment measures, the Federal
Government and its agencies will remain
vigilant to guard against further cases of Ebola
in the country.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and
we will also support other affected African
countries as much as we can because we
cannot be completely safe from the virus as
long as it continues to ravage some countries in
our sub-region and continent. We will continue
to work with the international community to
curb the outbreak in other countries,”
President Jonathan pledged.
Mr. Navarro who had visited Liberia, Guinea
and Sierra Leone, the countries worst hit by
Ebola before coming to Nigeria, told the
President that he had come, on the instruction
of the UN Secretary-General, to applaud
Nigeria’s successful containment of the virus.
“The Secretary-General asked me to come here
too, not because you have an Ebola problem,
but because you have tackled it in an
exemplary fashion.
“Your personal leadership on the matter has
been key. There may still be some work to be
done before the virus is completely cleared out
from here, but other countries can learn from
your fine example,” Mr. Navarro told the
President.

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