"No one cares about Africa...They only think of us when they want to test vaccines or when something dangerous is to be tried", said El-Rufai - Focus News

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"No one cares about Africa...They only think of us when they want to test vaccines or when something dangerous is to be tried", said El-Rufai



Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that Nigeria government should be more nationalistic and think of  ways our country can better for all. 

El-Rufai said this on Saturday in a webinar held in celebrating the 63rd birthday of former governor of Osun and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. He said, COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a few lessons and in fact it has shown Nigeria that was on its own in solving its challenges.

In his message he said: “In my view, the lessons are that we are on our own. The rest of the world does not care. The rest of the world is becoming increasingly nationalistic.

“As a state government, we are even trying to get test kits for COVID-19 because America and Europe are buying up everything. Nobody cares about Africa. They only think of us when they want to test vaccines or when something dangerous is to be tried. So, we must be more nationalistic and try to develop our internal capacity to produce and be self-sufficient. This was what Osun State under Rauf Aregbesola has tried to do and I think this is a lesson for all of us, Ripples Nigeria reported. 

He reiterated that COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the current status of our healthcare system, and the condition of our health facility as it shows how we are struggling in combating this pandemic. 

“Look at our health care system; we are struggling to deal with this pandemic. Today, the fact that the (late) Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari went and check himself in a private hospital when he got tested positive for COVID-19 is a very clear message that we are in trouble", he added. 

“So, what happens today if our President is sick? We can’t fly him abroad; most countries have closed their airports. Do we have a hospital that can look after the President of Nigeria? In our individual state, do we have a public hospital that can look after the governors? When I tested positive, I got treated by the public health system and here I am.

“We must begin to think of how to make government intervene in the right places but not to be obstructionist.”

He added that it was time to invest aggressively in digitising government, private sector and the way things are done.

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