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Published On: Thu, Aug 28th, 2014

Ebola: Jonathan condemns stigmatization of Nigerians

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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday condemned stigmatization of Nigerians in some countries over the recent outbreak of the dreaded Ebola disease in Nigeria.

Speaking at a meeting with David Navarro, a Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General, Jonathan, particularly denounced discriminatory actions such as that which forced Nigeria’s team to the Youth Olympics in China to abandon its participation.

Noting that there was no justification for such stigmatization of Nigerians since the Ebola Virus Disease had been effectively curtailed in the country without attaining epidemic levels; the President called for the cessation of discriminatory actions against Nigerians over the virus and urged the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, to support the call.

Responding to the Secretary General’s commendation of Nigeria’s management of the threat of Ebola, Jonathan praised the Federal Ministry of Health, the Lagos state government and all Nigerians for the success achieved so far in curtailing the virus and avoiding a national epidemic.

The President assured the Special Envoy that, in spite of the seeming success of its curtailment measures, the Federal Government and its agencies will remain vigilant to guard against further cases of Ebola in the country.

 

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