The Chinese government has attacked the former Education Minister in Nigeria, Oby Ezekwesili, over an article demanding compensation from China over the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Press Secretary of the China Embassy in Nigeria, Sun Saixiong, in a statement on Sunday said the former minister lacks knowledge over global issues.
Saixiong questioned the former minister whether the United States offered compensation to countries for the 2009 H1N1 flu. He told Mrs Ezekwesili to avoid being partisan in her opinion but also respect facts.
“Did anyone ask the US to offer compensation for the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was first diagnosed before breaking out on a large scale in the US and then spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 200,000 people? AIDS was first reported in the US in the 1980s and then swept across the world, including Africa, causing untold sufferings to countless victims,” the statement read.
In addition, the Chinese government said it took comprehensive measures to contain Coronavirus spread.
“The international community bears witness to and applauds China’s efforts and progress
“We must understand that our enemy is the virus, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus by pulling together. Attacking and discrediting others will not save time and lives lost,” the statement read.
Before now, Mrs Ezekwesili had served as the vice president for the Africa region at the World Bank.