Ebola Disease: National Association Of Animal Hunters Blast Health Minister, Demands For His Sack
The National Association Animal Hunters has lampooned the Minister of Health Professor, Onyebuchi Chukwu as it calls for his sack owing to the Minister issuing of public warnings against the consumption of bush meat.
In a statement signed by the Association, signed by its National President Comrade Ray Macaulay, said the Health Minister should give explanations on the correlation between their wild hunts and Ebola Virus.
In the statement the association said such information was not only misleading but wicked and worthy of punitive action against the perpetrators, adding that it has led Nigerians to “unnecessary panic, denied Nigerians of access to nutritious, God-given bush meat” and that it was a threat to the livelihood of animal hunters.
“How could Ebola virus jump from Patrick Sawyer and those who had direct contact with him at the Lagos hospital and the aircraft by which he came, into Nigerian wild animals within a space of three weeks?” the association asked.
“If an animal connection is to be considered, the most reasonable and scientific would be only the domestic animals that inhabit environments where human waste are deposited. Yet, no mention is made of these more environmentally–vulnerable animal as possible carriers in the ministerial information and notices and no pressman has asked any question about these obvious facts; scientific facts.
“We demand that the ministry tell us if indeed there had been confirmed or unconfirmed incidents or outbreaks of Ebola virus in Nigeria before now, so we can believe that he and his officials are not taking advantage of the current situation to destroy Ebola out of Nigeria. Otherwise, the ministry needs to explain to Nigerians how the incident of the single strike of Ebola in Lagos could have become ZOONOTIC overnight”
“If not, we demand that Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu be relieved of his appointment as the minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for deliberately mishandling the information on the Ebola incident in Lagos, thereby causing Nigerians to panic and at the same time threatening the livelihood of over five million Nigerians who depend on bush meat, including the traders,” the statement read.