Professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, has speculated that the people on the entourage of South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, were carriers of the COVID-19 latest variant, Omicron.
During the National COVID-19 Summit organised by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) in Abuja on Monday, Tomori, lending his voice to the recent action by the United Kingdom and Canada, described the situation as “error of omission”.
He said: “I woke up recently, just today to hear that Canada no longer recognises my genuine vaccination card, and Britain has clamped a travel ban on me.
“A few days ago, I had to know there was an Omicron in Nigeria from outside. Same Canada was telling me that Nigerians who travelled out with negative COVID laboratory results were omicronised, before my own CDC finally told me that we had the variant, detected in samples collected from people who recently travelled from South Africa.”
“I ask myself, were they people in the entourage of President (Cyril) Ramaphosa or were the other people? They did not tell us that. We painfully call the reactions of the UK and Canada racism, inequity, but I say we are paying for condoning our errors of commission and overlooking our errors of omission.
“Mr President, the generation of Nigerians we have today is much smarter than my generation. Give them one-tenth of the enabling environment opportunity which good governance gave my generation, and Nigeria will be donating vaccines to poor Europe as India is doing; Nigeria will be providing loans to China, and not the other way round.”