The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has rejected the decision of the Federal Government to bring Chinese Medical doctors to Nigeria to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
The Union in a statement jointly signed by the National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, and National President, Chris Isiguzo, cautioned that it would be counter-productive to bring in Chinese doctors, despite the fact that Nigerian doctors were doing exceptionally well in fighting the outbreak
“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 NUJ said.
The Union pleaded with the Federal Government to stop the medical team from coming to Nigeria 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,” the statement added.
The Union also urged the Federal Government to be more proactive in dealing with these emerging issues because any mistake made would be catastrophic.