Ebola: Jonathan Welcomes WHO’s Declaration; Hails Fashola, Amaechi

Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has welcomed the declaration by the World Health Organisation, WHO, on Monday that Nigeria is now officially Ebola-free after 42 days without any incidence of the virus.

A statement by a presidential spokesman, Rueben Abati, said Mr. Jonathan dedicated the certification to the many “patriotic health workers, volunteers and ordinary Nigerians who worked tirelessly, some of them paying the ultimate price, to stop the deadly virus in its track after it entered the country in July this year”.

The president also praised the state governments and other bodies involved the fight against the dreaded virus.

The Ebola Virus Disease was imported into Nigeria in July by a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who travelled from Monrovia through Lome, Togo, to Lagos.

The virus later spread to Rivers State. Nigeria recorded 19 Ebola cases, and seven deaths.

“The president seizes this opportunity to also reiterate his appreciation of the contributions of state governments, WHO and other international health organisations, relatives of infected persons and other Nigerians who either courageously underwent the rigours of being quarantined or complied with all directives issued by health authorities to defeat the virus.

Mr. Jonathan said Nigeria’s globally-acclaimed success against Ebola is a testimony to what Nigerians can achieve if they set aside their differences and work together.

“As the nation applauds the success of its collective effort to stop the transmission of the Ebola Virus within Nigeria however, the President warns that the entire country must remain fully alert and vigilant against the re-entry of the virus,” he was quoted as saying.

The statement said Mr. Jonathan agreed with WHO that while Nigeria has won a battle against Ebola, the war will only truly end when West Africa, Africa and the world are declared free of Ebola” the statement read in part.

“The President has consequently directs that all the anti-Ebola measures taken after the entry of the virus into the country should remain in place and that health officials should continue to actively screen persons entering the country through its air, land and sea borders for any sign of the virus,” the statement said.

“He also urges all Nigerians to continue to follow the anti-Ebola advisories on sanitation and personal hygiene issued by Federal and State Health authorities.”


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  • the truth

    We all did it together as a team. Proud of Nigeria. This shows if we come together as one, we can overcome so much.

    • Tunsj

      I agree.

  • Mr. Arsenal

    yabon gwani ya zama dole mai malafa. Amaechi’s statement last week made this declaration by Oga Jonah. I don’t know how the situation would be now if Fashola and Amaechi rules d way Gej’s rule. Very slow in taking decision making. 2015 is not far away, we are changing faces in Villa.

    • Nigeria should be able to provide free medical services for the poor,
      but those “anointed of the Lord” won’t account for $20 Billion (dollars)
      AND MORE that simply disappears.

      A major problem in Nigeria is LYING Pastors and they are bad examples to the country.
      Men of God (e.g., Adeboye) LIE to Nigerians all-day-long and that
      contributes to CORRUPTION in Nigeria because many so-called “Christians”
      are receiving LIES as their foundation

    • isa

      We should give thanks to God that Ebola came through APC state, otherwise PDP would have denied that there was Ebola, they will simply lied that it was APC that was trying to make Nigeria ungovernable for Jona by lying that there was Ebola. Ameachi told us last week that FG assistance came only when the disease has been curtailed in River state. Did that make sense to anybody? The same complain from Lagos governor. Thank you Fashola and Ameachi for containing the virus in your states and to FG and Gej thanks too for sending the fund late. If you chose not to send it at all what can River or Lagos people do?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Since the Ebola incident in Nigeria what efforts has Nigeria made to improve sanitation in the country? What efforts has Nigeria made to improve healthcare in the country, rehabilitate all the near-moribund hospitals in the country? Sierra Leone is hard hit by this disease not because destiny set that aside for the country. It is because Sierra Leone lacks medical facilities whose present state before and now is an abysmal shamble. While Nigeria reaches out to these West African countries in their Ebola fight, Nigeria should learn also from these countries’ poor medical facilities and amend by rehabilitating all medical facilities in Nigeria, improving sanitation and making our hospitals to rise to WHO standards; and, relatedly, to stem the tide of people seeking medical treatments abroad.

  • Buhari is a Jihadist

    GEJ is non-partisan. Ebola is better than Sharia. The next thing is for Nigerians to declare Nigeria Sharia-free country.

    What are Northern Muslims doing to rescue Chibok girls from Sharia advocates (Boko-Haram)? Chibok girls are victims of Sharia law and Islam. Northern Muslims adopted Prophet Mohammed’s law(Sharia) as against Nigeria constitution.

    Prophet Mohammed is in charge of Sharia law not GEJ. According to Northern Muslims, Sharia law is superior to Nigeria constitution. Thus, Northern Muslims should seek help from Prophet Mohammed not GEJ. GEJ have no power under sharia law but Nigeria constitution.

    Prophet Mohammed should be held responsible for his boys not GEJ.

    Say No to Sharia rule.

    • Maria

      Jonathan is worse than sharia… he is the worst thing to happen to Nigeria… we reject him.

      • Buhari the Sharia Virus

        Nigeria will also need to defeat the Sharia Virus.Sharia virus had kill more people than Ebola. STOP THE SPREAD OF SHARIA VIRUS BY NOT VOTING FOR BUHARI. Buhari is an advocate of Sharia.

    • isa

      In this era of Internet, how on earth will your likes still come here to display your ignorance? Sharia means justice and justice means doing the right thing, ie to strive towards what is ordain by Allah and keeping away from unlawful actions. Don’t your religion have Dos and don’ts? There are a lot of misunderstanding about what sharia stand for and what it means to Muslims. Sharia means being morally upright and being fair to all. Have you ever asked yourself why Muslims poor want real Sharia in its true sense? It is a way to a just society. As a Muslim it is against the Sharia law to prostitute, to steal, to commit adultry, fornication, refusal to worship God as a Muslim, drinking Alcohol causing mischief, depriving people of their God approved right to life, property and peace. Sharia means showing kindness and being of good conduct. Of Course breaking the laws comes with its punishment. The most severe being death penalty for those who take other people’s lives and those who commit adultry. Have you ever seen a societies without laws? Your religion did not leave you with laws to guide your society or never envisaged corruption or breakdown of law? If you have a religion that never left you with a rules on peaceful coexistence then check that religion. Today the Muslim nations are in crisis because the west has forced democracy on them, the law has being made to favour the rich and corruption has taken the centre stage, citizens are being impoverished by the thieving ruling class in the name of democracy. Court cases go on unending and at the end justice is denied. The youths in those regions now want to go back to the system of old and this is the crux of the matter and not that Islam or Sharia encourages violence. Democracy no doubt is a good system but it has its loopholes which is being prone to manipulations and corruption. Ask yourself this question, islam has existed for over 1400 years, why are we now experiencing violence in this past decades?

      • Buhari the Sharia Virus

        ,Nigeria will also need to defeat the Sharia Virus.Sharia virus had kill more people than Ebola. STOP THE SPREAD OF SHARIA VIRUS BY NOT VOTING FOR BUHARI. Buhari is an advocate of Sharia.

  • Tunsj

    I do not agree with the President most of the time but what he said about Ebola is encouraging and I give him credit for that.

    • West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.
      Why have West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and TB Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

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