Ohanaeze youths express doubt over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
By Buchi Iwuji, Owerri
The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has declared that the recently imported Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccines remained medically unsafe to Ndigbo until scientifically proven by Igbo medical experts around the globe.
Evidently, the use of AstraZeneca vaccines as introduced to Nigeria by UK and the USA governments has, overtime, raised dust among some well-meaning Nigerians, especially the Igbo.
To this end, the pan-Igbo body has warned Ndigbo in diaspora to wait for the certification of the drugs by Igbo scientists before getting vaccinated.
Speaking with newsmen last Friday, the national president of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka described the sudden introduction of the vaccine within a fraction of one year of COVID-19 pandemic as a suspicious move.
He said: “The restriction of a particular vaccine to some European countries calls for doubts; and why it should be brought down to Africans, Nigerians and Igbo land is a master conspiracy the conspirators have not unveiled to us. Therefore, COVID-19 vaccines remain medically unsafe to us until it’s proven by Igbo medical experts around the globe.”
Igboayaka urged Igbo leaders and Nigerians in general to ‘look before they leap’, stressing that any attempt by any government or organisation to compel Ndigbo to accept the said vaccine would not be treated with levity.
“Any attempt to force Ndigbo by any government both local or international to take the vaccine will prove to our doubt about the vaccine and it will be a clear indication that there is a conspiracy from somewhere against our survival and multiplication.”
Comrade Igboayaka noted that Africa, particularly Nigeria, recorded low rate regarding the effects of the pandemic but wondered why the vaccine is being circulated in African countries, with focus on Nigeria even more than the USA, Italy, China, UK, Canada, Germany and other parts of the European countries where the pandemic was prevalent.