The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has alleged that some people have turned the coronavirus pandemic into a full-scale business venture.
Ayade stated that the pandemic was being used to exploit both Nigeria and Africa in general. Speaking on Channels Television, the Governor disclosed that his Chinese friend had made so much money by importing reagents used in conducting COVID-19 tests.
He claimed that some businessmen were using the pandemic to exploit Nigerians.
Ayade said: ”Out there in the Western world; a businessman is fanning all of this, making sure they sell reagents. Indeed, my friend out of Switzerland, a Chinese, says he has made so much money importing reagents out of the Philippines and shipping to the world.
“So it has turned into a full-scale business.
“I can tell you this testing for Coronavirus has gone Ecopolitical. In the US for example, it is about the November elections and for some businessmen, it is about more reagents, more money.
“But for me, it is science, it is reality, and because a wrong mentality will give you a wrong reality, I will hold the right mentality.”
When asked if Nigeria was being exploited using the virus, the governor said: “Of course no doubt about that. No doubt about that at all. You don’t have to be a scientist to see the loopholes and business elements. Why can’t Nigeria produce her test kits? Why can’t we have our own vaccination plants to produce our vaccines? Nigerians are endowed. Knowledgeable people by nature.”