Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers state has said that the global Coronavirus pandemic has become a full-scale business for some people and that the world is using it to exploit Africa and Nigeria in particular.
The governor stated this when he appeared on Channels TV on Thursday May 21.
Speaking on why his state has not conducted random testing as observed in many other states in the country, the governor argued that the test currently being conducted to diagnose the viral disease in the country ”lacks reproducibility and reliability”.
The governor who has a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology went on to state that the Coronavirus pandemic has turned into a full-scale business for some people.
According to him, his Chinese friend residing in Switzerland recently told him that he has made so much money importing reagents out of the Philippines.”Out there in the Western world, there is a businessman fanning all of this, making sure they sell reagents.”
Indeed, my friend out of Switzerland, a Chinese, says he has made so much money importing reagents out of Philipines and shipping to the world.”
So it has turned into a full-scale business.”Why will I be testing somebody who has not come in contact with somebody who has caught the virus? I will only test you when I have reasons to when I have seen symptoms.”
If NCDC continues to lower the criteria just to get more people tested, I begin to wonder because we have to exhaust the entire accounts of this country to be able to support the testing regime.
“I think I cannot follow blindly. I must lead from the front because I am exposed, I am smart and I know what I need.”
I can tell you this testing for Coronavirus has gone Ecopolitical. In the US for example, it is about the November elections, and for some businessmen, it is about more reagents, more money.
“But for me, it is science, it is reality and because a wrong mentality will give you a wrong reality, I will hold the right mentality”.