APC to Jonathan, PDP: You cannot claim credit for Ebola success

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked President Goodluck Jonathan and his party, the PDP, to stop taking credit for the country’s successful containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), saying it amounts to sheer dishonesty for the duo to turn what was a collective effort to a PDP campaign issue.

In a statement issued in London on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan and his party were wrong to have appropriated the credit for the successful containment of the EVD without giving due credit to the real heroes of the successful battle: Dr. Stella Adadevoh and her colleagues at the First Consultant Hospital; officials of the Ministries of Health in Lagos and Rivers States and the patriotic Nigerian volunteers, among others.

It described as a cheap shot and a shameless venture the President’s decision to make the Ebola success story a campaign issue during a PDP rally in Benin, giving the impression that only the PDP deserves the credit for the successful containment of the disease.

APC said while indeed Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu exhibited the kind of professionalism and purposefulness that are not common with the Jonathan Administration during the battle against Ebola, it will be uncharitable for the PDP-led Federal Government to pretend as if the government of the two affected states did nothing.

The party reminded President Jonathan that the two states hit by Ebola, Lagos and Rivers, are APC states, and that the promptness, purposefulness, doggedness and determination shown by the Governors of the states contributed largely to the successful containment of the virulent disease.

”The cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt are perhaps the largest metropolis to have ever been hit by the EVD since the first outbreak was recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo almost 40 years ago, and any mishandling of the disease could have spelt disaster not just for the cities but for the country as a whole.

”But the ever-dogged and determined Governors Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers States employed the same winning strategies that have stood their states out of the pack and quickly rose to the occasion, putting in place measures that ensured a quick curtailing of the EVD spread. The measures include painstaking contact-tracing, unrelenting follow-up and creative treatment of infected patients even without access to the experimental drug Zmapp.

”There is no doubt that Nigeria is fortunate that the EVD outbreaks were recorded in those two states. It is a measure of the high premium that the Chief Executives of the states place on human life, a testimony to the strong health systems they are building and an indication of their purposeful approach to governance that they successfully contained the disease, thus earning Nigeria a rare accolade from the global community.

”Unlike the President and the PDP, we will also like to give credit to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, for acting out of character with the do-nothing Jonathan Administration. We hope President Jonathan and his party will stop making the Ebola success story in which opposition states were the main actors a fulcrum of their campaign for the 2015 general elections. They cannot and should not take credit for the containment of Ebola in Nigeria,” APC said.

The party also advised President Jonathan not to use the Ebola containment effort as another tool to divide Nigerians along party lines.

”President Jonathan is the most divisive President in Nigeria’s history. He inherited a united Nigeria, but has divided the country along ethnic and religious lines on the altar of selfish personal ambition and short-term opportunism. It will amount to a monumental tragedy if the President will again use the Ebola success story, which has earned Nigeria a rare acclamation from the global community, as a tool to further divide Nigerians,” it said.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Alhaj Lai,

    I am being curious and nosey here, but you have been releasing your recent statements from London for a bit longer than usual.

    Trust you are well.

    It shall be well with you and yours.

  • Mr. Abdin


    • Chuks

      “APC is diametrically opposed to the multi-religious values of Yoruba people.
      As a party, APC stokes religious conflicts between Christians and Muslims.
      APC denies Yoruba people Freedom of Information under Nigerian Law.

      APC is; besides that, roguish and thievish, and does not render public accounts.
      The enlightened people in Yorubaland cannot sensibly endorse such a toxic party.
      The APC has no abiding ethics or ideology but rather thrives on corrupt thefts alone.”

      …………Sesan Adebiyi

      (12th April, 2014)

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Let Nigerians not play useless politics on this Ebola issue. What should be uppermost in people’s mind is the fact that unity of purpose coalesced into gaining success over the dreaded Ebola. There is no way the Lagos State government would claim sole credit for stamping out Ebola. At its onset, there were federal officers who joined the fray in the fight. And when suspected patients sneaked out of observation camps it was the duty of the federal government to search for them and bring them back to the observation camps. The federal government mobilized at the various airports to check entry and exit of passengers. The federal government engaged Liberia over the dirty tactic used by the index case, Patrick Sawyerr. And this engagement could have acted as a warning to other intending miscreants to desist from replicating Sawyerr’s act. It was even the federal government that made the application to the US for help with Ebola vaccines, though this was not honoured. The federal government mobilized the various teaching hospitals under its care to join in the fight. Lagos State did not participate in these forays. So what is Lagos State saying here? If left alone, would Lagos State have succeeded in stamping out the Ebola disease? The federal government acted responsibly to dive into part of the nation’s territory where a disaster was happening. Lagos State is adopting a kind of stance of exclusivity and indirectly telling the nation that it was solely responsible for stamping out Ebola in Nigeria! That is very preposterous. In any case the WHO that praised Nigeria for the Ebola fight did not say the fight was won by Lagos State. And even if it was the sole fight of Lagos State, the WHO would still have said it was Nigeria’s feat; not Lagos State since Lagos State is not Nigeria. People must begin to give honour to whom it is due and not turn around to play unwarranted politics over such a serious and deadly matter. The Lagos State government and APC should look for other things to play politics with; definitely not this successful fight against the Ebola crisis in Nigeria.

  • adnoy

    I concur with APC on this matter. Boko Haram menance that’s being tackled by the PDP -led Federal Government for some years now has been utter failure.