Ex vice president, Atiku Abubakar has come out to warn Nigeria and other African countries that the worst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is yet to come.
In a recent statement, Atiku talked about how the lack of capable hands in the present Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to manage the economic effects of the virus will not end well for us.
According to him, the only reason why African nations have recorded lower numbers than their global counterparts is because the more developed countries have better testing capacity and real-time information than us.
He added that the world is currently preoccupied with its challenges to focus on Africa, so it is imperative for Africans to prioritize themselves as fast as possible.
His words, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Nigeria and other African nations are yet to see the worst of the effects of this scourge.”
“And we have a perfect case because almost every African nation with a COVID-19 infestation had an index case that originated outside the continent.
“Nigeria’s index case was Italian, Liberia’s was Swiss. Ethiopia had a Japanese index. South Africa’s index case was South African, but he and his family got infected in Italy.”
“As it stands today, the world is too preoccupied with its challenges to prioritise Africa, and so we have to prioritise ourselves,”
“Today’s Nigerian government is severely lacking in qualified hands.
“And nothing proves this than the state of the Presidency itself. To think that after devoting N13 billion to the State House Clinic in the last five years, it is virtually useless as we face the most significant public health challenge of our national life.”
We have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. I believe that President Trump is a reasonable man.
“He knows that if nothing is done to avoid the foreseeable dislocation of African economies, the next wave of mass migration to the United States would not be from Mexico.”