We read with dismay the several negative reactions that have greeted the decision by the Federal Government to accept medical assistance from China to complement it’s ongoing fight against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday by the National Publicity Secretary of APC Mandate Defenders, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka, the group said the decision was not to insult or embarrass Nigerian medical practitioners but to complement and support the patriotic and commendable services which our medical personnel have been rendering since the outbreak of the disease.
The group further noted that the offer is in fulfilment of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) theory of a Chinese company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) who is doing business in Nigeria.
The donation is like any other company doing business in Nigeria but wished to perform it CSR function to support the host country in it’s trying period.
On the claim by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) that it was not consulted before accepting the Chinese donation, the group said NMA is created and regulated by the country’s constitution whereas Nigeria is a unit actor in international politics and diplomacy.
Saying, when it comes to implementing bi-national and multi-lateral agreements which Nigeria is a signatory; it does not need to refer to associations that are only concerned about the interest of it’s members before taking decisions that affects the entire country.
The group further explained that the overall national interest of the nation was considered before entering in to such agreement which is now reflected in our foreign policy.
Noting that NMA is not a state actor and should not try to interfere in matters concerning government to government diplomacy.
The group advised the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other organisations opposed to the deployment of 15-man Chinese medical team in to the country as well as the donation of other equipments like the PPE to consider national interest above personal or group interests as we collectively join hands to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate it from Nigeria.
Because in time of national emergency, extra-ordinary measures are required to tackle extra-ordinary problems.
Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka,
National Publicity Secretary,
APC Mandate Defenders