EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Sawyer deceived us, ECOWAS to travel to Nigeria — Liberian Minister

Patrick Sawyer, the late Liberian-American, who brought the deadly Ebola virus to Nigeria, deceived and manipulated the Liberian government and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to enable him travel to Nigeria, an official, who admitted approving Mr. Sawyer’s travel, has said.

Sebastian Muah, who until recently was the Liberian Deputy Minister of Finance for Fiscal Affairs, said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES that the late Mr. Sawyer deceived the Liberian government into believing that he was “Ebola Free’.

Mr. Muah was responding to this newspaper’s exclusive report on Tuesday indicating that he, on behalf of the Liberian government, cleared Mr. Sawyer to head to Nigeria even when the administration knew he was under observation for Ebola.

In his response, the former minister said Mr. Sawyer told his ministry that he had no contact with his younger sister who died of the disease on July 8 and that he had voluntarily subjected himself for testing which showed he was free of Ebola.

Mr. Muah said even to secure employment as a Liberian Government official, a position that qualified him for the trip, Mr. Sawyer lied that he had quit his employment as Public Health Manager of ArcelorMittal, an iron ore mining company in the country.

The former minister said Mr. Sawyer told the same lies to ECOWAS, and at a point, sidestepped the Liberian Minister of Finance, dealing directly with ECOWAS on matters concerning the trip.

On the whole, Mr. Muah blamed the slip that enabled Mr. Sawyer to travel to Nigeria on a “broken system of communication” within the Liberian bureaucracy.

Nigeria was free of Ebola until July 20 when Mr. Sawyer arrived. He became terribly ill on his flight and was rushed to the First Consultant Hospital Obalende, Lagos, where he died on July 24.

Nigeria’s Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Monday that although the Liberian government has apologized for the incidence, it was pertinent to note that Nigeria was free of Ebola Virus until its importation by the Liberian-American.

Mr. Sawyer’s action, he said, has placed unnecessary stress on Nigeria’s health system. An apparently angry President Goodluck Jonathan also described Mr. Sawyer’s action as “madness”. Since the Liberian’s death in a Lagos hospital, three other persons who had contact with him have died of the virus.

At least seven others have also tested positive to the infection and have been quarantined at a Lagos hospital. President Goodluck Jonathan has since declared a national emergency on the disease while the federal health ministry in conjunction with health ministries in the 36 states are working to prevent the spread of the virus, which has killed over 1,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Read Mr. Muah’s explanation in full below:

“Sawyer’s travel was made possible not by the GoL (Government of Liberia). My office has a review and approval process for ECOWAS related travel. Sawyer, if you must know, was asked not to report to work even at the Ministry of Finance.

“The fact of the matter, this many of us now know, is when you’re tested for Ebola right after contact, your test will come back negative. Being a non-medical officer, and seeing his emails from the time he was still supposedly employed by Mittal as their Public Health Manager (which he was still employed until his death deceiving us that he was no longer in their employ), he said he’d was in NO direct contact and that he had submitted himself for testing, but anyone can claim they’re “Ebola Free” if tested right after contact (something his email claimed he had NOT made with his sister [Direct contact with fluids]).

“Further, the fact that he requested e-tickets and I was NOT copied on those communications says that he did not want me informed. But I have a process of approval and believed that any such travel would meet that approval process; hence my assertion as to making the approval.

“But apparently, people were self-contracting on an “honour” system of quarantining themselves. Because I did not get a watch list to know who were to be quarantined or not. But shifting blame is NOT a part of who I am, I believe institutions should be the basis of functionality and not individuals.

“The system of approval for Travel was NOT followed and for the record, Sawyer’s trip was not approved by the system I had in place and hence did NOT meet my approval. My folks indicated to me that no request was made through the system.

“He travelled because he did NOT inform the ECOWAS commission who purchased his plane tickets and paid per diem for his travel; and because we did not have this ticket information to actually alert relevant authorities to stop such.

“Upon checking his government emails I was able to uncover that he was communicating differently and directly with ECOWAS Commission (both using his Yahoo and gov.lr) and got an e-ticket from the Commission’s travel Unit. He did NOT even inform the ECOWAS Ambassador in Liberia, who was traveling with him about his situation. His email to folks at ECOWAS only said he had lost his sister.

“Further to that, he WAS in the employ of Mittal, this was information I was NOT made aware. When there is a broken system of communication and silo institutional structure, someone intending to deceive can get away with such.

“The ticket below shows who actually paid for Mr. Sawyer’s travel to Nigeria. No senior management at MoF saw Sawyer from the inception of his letter until his demise. Key here is when there is no strong integration around institutional communication, people can dupe the system.

“In this case Sawyer for no reason whatsoever I can imagine decided that he was going to travel while sick. A fundamental challenge with the fight that we have to make against this Disease. Ebola is a disease that can thrive on deceit, self-denial, pride, envy, non-patriotic behaviour.”

Below is the ticket with which Mr. Sawyer would have travelled to Calabar.

From: ECOWAS COMMISSION <ECWTRAVELUNIT@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:26:19 +0000
Subject: SAWYER/PATRICK 21JUL2014 LOS CBQ
To: ECWTRAVELUNIT@gmail.com

ECOWAS COMMISSION BOOKING REF: YMYUNZ
101 YAKUBU GOWON CRESCENT DATE: 18 JULY 2014
ASOKORO
ABUJA SAWYER/PATRICK
NIGERIA
TELEPHONE: 234 7064189247, 8076229479
FAX: 234 09-314005
EMAIL: ECWTRAVELUNIT@GMAIL.COM

FLIGHT W3 638 – ARIK AIR MON 21 JULY 2014
—————————————————————————–
DEPARTURE: LAGOS, NG (MURTALA MUHAMMED INTL), TERMINAL D – 21 JUL 11:00
DOMESTIC TERMINAL
ARRIVAL: CALABAR, NG (MARGARET EKPO INTL) 21 JUL 12:20
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: W3/FYSUH6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY DURATION: 01:20
- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: 20K
NON STOP LAGOS TO CALABAR
OPERATED BY: ARIK AIR, W3
EQUIPMENT: BOEING 737-700

FLIGHT W3 639 – ARIK AIR FRI 25 JULY 2014
—————————————————————————–
DEPARTURE: CALABAR, NG (MARGARET EKPO INTL) 25 JUL 12:50
ARRIVAL: LAGOS, NG (MURTALA MUHAMMED INTL) 25 JUL 13:55
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: W3/FYSUH6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY DURATION: 01:05
- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: 20K
NON STOP CALABAR TO LAGOS
OPERATED BY: ARIK AIR, W3
EQUIPMENT: BOEING 737-700

FLIGHT(S) CALCULATED AVERAGE CO2 EMISSIONS IS 169.93 KG/PERSON
SOURCE: ICAO CARBON EMISSIONS CALCULATOR
 http://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CarbonOffset/Pages/default.aspx

FLIGHT TICKET(S)
—————————————————————————–
TICKET: W3/ETKT 725 5233719663 FOR SAWYER/PATRICK

GENERAL INFORMATION
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  • UnderG

    I don’t doubt the fact that Liberia took a deal with the United States to transmit the disease to Nigeria and probably other West African Countries so that they can lay their hands on the Experimental drug. The current event(s) are nothing but an econo-biological warfare to weaken the African States…. My Opinion.

    • Ovie Obaro

      Parley, I agree with you 100%. This was pure conspiracy. I have always told you that you are too intelligent for your age. Good thinking. Keep it up.

      Perhaps Monrovia also felt that importing the disease to Nigeria would raise the necessary alarm that would cause the world and maybe US to pay attention to the scourge in Liberia, otherwise a virus laden hater wouldn’t have been permitted to travel….and America began to do shakara with their experimental drugs in a most disgusting apartheid fashion.

      So, US rejected Nigeria’s request for the drugs…If I were Jona I would give all Exxonmobil & Chevron workers who are US citizens 12 hours to leave Nigeria….and the official reason would be that you have no experimental drug to administer should they get infected. In that way, Obama would have approved a special plane guided by escort fighter jets en route to Nigeria. Nigerian govt shud learn to consult people like us when they deal with capitalist imperialist who made the drug available to Spanish priest but denying 2 Congolese Nuns who were

      left to die. Nonsense. But our Virologists from the South shud wake up and invent something that will cure Ebola. The Native Doctors shud engage the spirits, ghosts & ancestors or anything they deem fit. Cure na cure. It doesnt matter whether capsules or leaves.

      • Dodon Doya

        If you agree Ebola is all but a conspiracy by the western nations against Africa/Nigeria why is it difficult for you to also believe that Boko Haram is a conspiracy to destabilize Nigeria. After all the US predicted that 2015 will be the end road for Nigeria as a country.

        • Ovie Obaro

          You no well oh…Wetin kon concern boko haram for inside this matter…abi Ebola don catch you for eyes? Did u see any reference to boko haram in my comment? This your Sawyer-like reasoning is utterly pungently disgusting. Orhue!

    • Psalm 35

      I would not rule out any conspiracy my brother, the greed in this world is despicable

  • larry

    All these explanation is not good enough.This was a deliberate act,simple ! This virus is so strong that its a biological weapon created by a particular country.Some country wants africa to depend on its vaccines and therefore be forever in debted to them.

  • Maj Variola

    The West will begin mining the harbors and cratering the airports so
    nothing can leave. They will landmine the jungle. Anything that
    leaves is sunk or shot. Snipers sans Frontieres. Quarantine with
    extreme prejudice.
    Civilization is a choice. Make it. Soon.
    Or don’t, and the population goes back to the under-billion level
    before the West started feeding everyone…
    Ebola… gets rid of african parasites like magic!

    • Wale Reze

      You know this!!! Proven method to rip Africa of Her mineral resources and also to check human proliferation and reproduction!!!

  • Chukwudi

    These are unnecessary explanations from largely complicit government officials…the hatchet job has been done to cause Ebola infection in the World’s Most Populous Nation! The mission of Mr. Sawyer was clear, well rehearsed and well acted out. He wouldn’t have succeeded if the Monrovia authorities had done their job well. Excuses, they say cannot win horse races. The Ebola-epidemic is a race against time! Why not subject him to a government-monitored confirmatory Ebola tests? Why not conduct swift but covert investigations where Mr Sawyers’ relatives could be taken into confidence and asked if he had contact with the late sister or any of the other infected relatives? Verbal questioning of a bio-terrorist like Mr. Sawyer was inadequate given the implication of just a spoon-drop of mature viral load of the virus on an Ebola-virgin land like Nigeria before that day of imported bio-medical infamy.

  • Chukwudi

    These are unnecessary explanations from largely complicit government
    officials…the hatchet job has been done to cause Ebola infection in
    the World’s Most Populous Black Nation! The mission of Mr. Sawyer was clear,
    well rehearsed and well acted out. He wouldn’t have succeeded if the
    Monrovia authorities had done their job well. Excuses, they say cannot
    win horse races. The Ebola-epidemic is a race against time! Why not
    subject him to a government-monitored confirmatory Ebola tests? Why not
    conduct swift but covert investigations where Mr Sawyers’ relatives
    could be taken into confidence and asked if he had contact with the late
    sister or any of the other infected relatives? Verbal questioning of a
    bio-terrorist like Mr. Sawyer was inadequate given the implication of
    just a spoon-drop of mature viral load of the virus on an Ebola-virgin
    land like Nigeria before that day of imported bio-medical infamy.

  • oliverr

    Reading the media reports on Ebola, there are three things that are striking: it’s all about money, the exercise
    of power and rebellion.

    Money: the World Bank has provided 200 million dollars. For what or for whom? “For the purchase of medical
    products.”

    Exercise of power: The WHO has established a de facto (counter-) government in eleven West African countries.
    This super-government imposed on the local governments is now ruling eleven states, a fifth of all the countries of the continent. And that this coup d’état is succeeding so smoothly and inconspicuously is only due to the fact that it
    calls itself “disease control”.

    Rebellion: Reports say that about 1,000 people stormed a clinic and that they have destroyed it almost completely,
    also that people dig trenches so that medical snatch squads cannot get to their villages and that they take their relatives from the clinics.

    So, there is resistance and there are struggles.
    read more under ”
    the Iatrocracy on a world-wide
    scale”