COVID 19:Ministerial Worries As Tasuku Honjo , A Japanese Professor Of Physiology Raises Alarm That China Manufactured The Disease

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By Stephen Ubanna

While Godwin Emefiele, governor of Central Bank of Nigerian, CBN, and Chairman  of  the Bankers Committee, Comprising of all the  Managing Directors of the Money Deposit Banks, MDBs, are no longer  thinking about layoff and sack in banks because of the Wuhan Town in  the  Hebei Province of the Asian country of China  emerged Coronavirus, popular, COVID 19, Hadi Sirika, a Katsina state born politician  and minister of Aviation is not a happy person.

Sirika’s source of unhappiness was informed by  the fact that no fewer than 125,000 workers in the nation’s aviation sector would be thrown into the job market  because of the pandemic which had  forced  the indigenous airline Operators to  ground their operation in the last one month.

 The problem of the indigenous airline operators  was said to have started with  the shutdown of  the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Rivers state,  Akanu Ibian International Aiirport, Enugu and Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, for flight operations.

Ihekweazu: DG, NCDC

The case of the indigenous airline operators  may have  been made worse with the Presidential lock down of Lagos, the nation’s Commercial center, described as the epicenter of the disease, FCT and Ogun, because of its proximity to Lagos, to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country. The fallout was that the airlines were said to have  lost  billions of naira in the last one month  of  low activity as the prominent  ones  could not be chartered for international assignments  by the government such as evacuation of Nigerians  abroad due to one reason or the other.

 Take for instance the current evacuation of  4000 Stranded Nigerians in the North American country of the United States, US, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and China where  the indigenous airline operators  could have  made some  good money but  could not be allowed to open  up for operations after closing for several weeks.

The ministry of Foreign Affairs under the close watch of Geofrey Onyeama  was forced  to charter the United Arab Emirate, UAE, British and Ethiopian Airlines Aircrafts for the assignment. Although, the minister had kept as a closely guided secret the cost implication of bringing back the returnees, but he has made Nigerians to understand that the indigenous airlines had lost  over  N17 billion in the last one month which include  the  money  that  could have been paid to THE  airlines which could have participated in the evacuation of the Foreign based returnees.

The most readily   mentioned indigenous  airlines that could  have participated in the evacuation process  of the  Nigerian returnees but lost out were Air Peace,  Arik Air  and  Aero Contractors. These three indigenous airlines , according to Aviation sources , are the highest employer of Labour in the nation’s aviation sector. Insiders said  they  may experience the highest number of  Staff layoff  as  the airlines could no longer muster enough  Funds to maintain  their current  Staff strength because of the impact of COVID 19 on the economy.

Note that in  2019, Air Peace , which had  in a working arrangement with the ministry of Foreign Affairs, had deployed its Boeing 707, for the  evacuation of 640 Nigerians from South Africa following the Xenophobic violence  in the country.  Recall that here were  the Emirates, British and Ethiopian Airlines, which were still running their scheduled flights and had air worthy planes that could be chartered at that time but the ministry  gave  the International  assignment to Air Peace, which is an indigenous Airline to do.

Notwithstanding the number of weeks that  Air Peace , Arik, ero Contractors and other  indigenous airlines have been out of Service in the country, Sirika, the minister of Aviation , may have spoken the mind of President Muhammadu Buhari, when he said, ‘’we will bring them back into service, we will ensure that they are air worthy and they can make both local and International flights safely’’.

Prof.Tasuku Honjo: Coronavirus Is Not Natural, It Is Man Made

The minister was said to have appealed to the indigenous airline Operators to take advantage of the pandemic period  to  renew their operating licenses  which will fall due within this period  instead of thinking  that they will  just pick up their bags  and continue  from where they stopped if the Airports are reopened for Flight operations again. This is because  they must conform   to all  International  Standards  to ensure  that they are Safe  to operate  in terms of their health and proficiency to be able to conduct a Safe flight.

In a related development , there are signs  that the indigenous airlines may remain grounded for a long time as there are fears that  the Katsina born Nigerian President may  extend the lock down in the two major cities of Lagos and FCT, including Ogun state, because of the daily increase of the COVID 19 infections in the country. The NCDC, under the close watch of Chikwe Ihekweazu, may have given  a signal to that effect of asking people to go back to their homes as they have failed to learn anything from the agency and World Health Organisation, WHO, Social Distancing  regulations.

The agency has made it clear to those that cares to listen that ‘’Face Mask alone  is  not  a form  of protection  because the virus is  primarily spread  through respiratory  droplets when an infected person  coughs, sneezes or talks’’. It is not surprising why those infected by the disease are on the increase in the country in the recent time.  On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Nigerian health agency confirmed  that there are  381 new cases of the infections thus bring the total number of the infected patients in the country  to 3,526 patients, barely three days  after the Boss Mustapha , Chairman of the Presidential Task Force  on COVID 19 and Secretary to the government of the Federation gave the governors of Lagos, Ogun and Muhammed Bello, minister of the FCT, the nod to start the phased implementation of  easing of the lock down as promised by the President.

The bad news was that Lagos alone produced 183 new COVID 19 patients which had been blamed on the relaxation of the lockdown in the state. This may have  shut up  the total number of confirmed COVID 19  infected persons in the state since February 27, 2020, to 1, 491, or 42.3 percent of the 3,526 cases  in the country.

Tasuku Honjo, a Japanese Professor of Physiology and a Nobel Laurete winner, had said that the disease is not natural. The Professor had argued  that if it is natural , it would not have affected the whole  world as it had done. He averred that if it is natural  as argued in several quarters , it could  only  have survived in countries with the same temperature as China. Instead it spreads to countries like Switzerland, the same way it spreads to countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Given an insider knowledge of his research on  animals  and viruses, the Professor  maintains that the disease was  manufactured  and that the virus is completely artificial. He disclosed that  he  had worked for  four years  in the Wuhan Laboratory  in  China, suspected to created the  enabling environment  for the disease to thrive the country  and knew all the Staff very well.

  He regretted that three months after the Coronavirus emergence in the  Asian country, all their phones went dead, fueling speculations that the Laboratory technicians  who could have known something on how to deal  with disease are all dead. The Professor may be sending a message to the WHO, the UN, health agency that only China , has the key to the cure of COVID 19.

 The UN, health agency recents   reports  that  the world was counting  COVID 19 infections of 3,918.678 persons. It had been reported as of April21,2020, that over 35,000 health workers were infected by the disease. The number,  according to  the agency sources  are significantly higher because of underreporting. 

 The  health agency also  disclosed  that 1,344,579, had recovered from the disease, leaving 2,303,316, across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South American and Australia currently  infected by the disease. The agency had  reported  that the COVID 19 had killed 270,765 persons , across the world between December 31, 2019 and now.   

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