Why No One Saw Patrick Sawyer By Rabiu Usman
Just like former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, it was never a coincidence that some mad man, Patrick Sawyer, chose Nigeria as his port of call while he was consciously aware of his life threatening health status. He knew he had the deadly Ebola virus after he had lost a sister to same menace. Sawyer was just emulating his former tyrant leader, Charles Taylor, who after many atrocities perpetrated against the citizens of Liberia as a president, thereafter, solicited for a hideout in our domain and he was cheerfully granted asylum by the then president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Mathew Obasanjo in Calabar. Sawyer took advantage of a nation marshalled by lacklustre rulers that have abdicated their role of governance for pettiness, accusations and brigandage.
The dismal and appalling characters played by some of the vital ministers of the nation who were suppose to be the optic of the president in times of turbulence is an eyesore. We often glance at most epidemic in a Nigerian context. A common emphatic sayings amongst us that measles, bird-flu, pig-flu et al, were once a thorn in our flesh but we survived them. We’ll survive Ebola if at all it’ll get to our abode. The apex government and its henchmen were since in a wild goose chase in the state of Osun, what is more paramount is to sack Obgbeni Rauf Aregbesola from Oke-fia government house even as their counterpart in Republic of Sambisa have also sacked Damboa, Gwoza and surging forward to Buni-Yadi in Yobe State. It seems like some sort of heated contest in a capture game between them.
Unlike Boko Haram carnage, the most integral and vital arsenal to invoke as armament in curbing Ebola is to be informed on its pros and cons. But nay, prior to Nigeria being Ebolised by sawyer, there has not been any form of intensive enlightenment by the government on the menace, instead, it was some sort of competition by a couple of key ministers trying to impress the president with regards to how uncouth, nonchalant and senile they are in discharging their duties.
While Boko Haram are becoming formidable and ruthless by the day, the minister of state for defence was at his peak in the just concluded poll in Osun, and when concerned citizens demand that he should replicate his predatory prowess in Borno, Yobo et al, the response was not far from his recent outing in Ekiti and Osun respectively. No one can have his movement doctored as a minister of the federation. When you find it torrid to exonerates the action and inaction of combined government office holders from our misadventure, then, you’ll grieve from a minister that have plunge the nation to a more detrimental situation with his tongue more than he has dip in his pocket from the state coffers.
Only the indolent will have a sound sleep when his neighbourhood is on fire. Ebola is a West African affair, it is a menace that is borne out of a river in Guinea. A nation that is bordered to Sierra-leone and Liberia on the southern axis. Not sharing a boundary with any of the affected nation is not enough for Nigeria to be secured.
We have become too pitiful that it is gradually transcending to our misery. Insurgents were refused to be crushed because they’re our sons and brothers as asserted by the president. In reciprocal of the brotherly gesture, they are crushing our own fathers, mothers, brothers and a large congregation of our sisters as sex slaves and as teenage bombers when the need arises. Our borders are still wide open because the giant of Africa doesn’t want to inflict suffering on its neighbouring Benin, Cameroon and Niger Republic. While we showcase our brotherly tie on the exterior, the standard has plummet and on its lowest ebb on the interior. The minister of interior did very minute to save his fellow citizens from stampede and even death let alone possessing the wisdom to act within the confine of his obligation to apprehend a possible sailing or flying Patrick Sawyer from trespassing.
The deed has been done. No one can blame the government for the death of Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh and a couple of others that have lost their lives due to Ebola virus, for death is inevitable. But we would hold them accountable for the causes, for they are avert-able.
I must at this juncture commend the sincere effort of Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu’s Federal Ministry Of Health with the support of a working governor and state, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola in the fight against Sawyer’s legacy, and it is our hope that they replicate such zeal and openness against Boko Haram scourge. With little sincerity of purpose the biggest enemy can be defeated.
May Allah have mercy on us.
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