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Lockdown in Europe forces Nigeria’s rulers to seek treatment against colonialvirus in their own neglected colonial hospitals

Jun 10, 2020
Luwezi Kinshasa, Secretary General, African Socialist International

Since COVID-19, also known as colonialvirus, appeared in February 2020 in Nigeria, the lack of national preventive health policies and funding for adequate health care for the whole population has been exposed to the world.

In April, there was a report of 600 cases in one week. At the time of this writing, there are 10,819 confirmed cases of colonial virus and 314 deaths.

Nigeria, the self-proclaimed giant of Africa has been humbled by the insufficiency, lack of up-to-date medical infrastructures and personnel and lack of scientific research.

There are 75,000 doctors for a population of more than 200 million. Nearly half have immigrated to white parasitic capitalist countries in search of more pay and better working conditions.

There are 1.2 hospital beds per 1,000 people in Nigeria as compared to Cuba, which has 5.2 beds per 1000 people.

In face of the colonial virus, African petty bourgeoisie were the first to be hit

The African petty bourgeoisie were the first to be hit since they are in constant touch with white imperialist countries.

Due to the lockdowns in the oppressor nations in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, the African petty bourgeoisie is tasting its own medicine as it is forced to get treatment in poorly-equipped, under-funded facilities at home.

A number of eminent petty bourgeois people, such as emirs (Muslim rulers, military commanders or chiefs), are suspected to have died of colonial virus.

The inner circle of power in Nigeria has been impacted. The son of Atiku Abubakar, former vice president of Nigeria, has tested positive for coronavirus. Abba Kyari, chief of staff to current neocolonial president Muhammadu Buhari, tested positive and died.

Decades of neocolonialism have generalized a substandard health care system where everything is a crisis

The city of Kano, the second largest city in Nigeria which has a population of four million, was engulfed in rumors of unexplained deaths for weeks.

African people in the city of Kano have no confidence in the government's ability to respond to the colonial virus since there is limited access to medical facilities.

Mussa Abubakar, a 75-year old grave digger in the city of Kano told The Guardian, “I have never witnessed mass deaths like this.” He has been digging graves at the Abbatuwa cemetery for 60 years and also said, “From the first day of Ramadan [April 23] to date, over 300 people have been buried.” Gravediggers in Abbatuwa are running out of space.

Abubakar said, “The government has promised to provide gloves and face masks to us but we are yet to receive it. We just depend on God.”

Everything is inadequate. Testing equipment is lacking, and when it is available, people have to wait for up to two weeks to get the results.

The city of Kano has only three testing centers. It is no surprise that they were rapidly overwhelmed, forcing some of them to temporarily close.

Doctors and nurses are in fear of their own lives. The neocolonial rulers

give promises of personal protection equipment that they will not deliver in a timely fashion perhaps never.

According to a May 17 article in the bourgeois paper, the New York Times, “Twenty of the 91 doctors in the hospital’s medical department tested positive, the doctors said. Overall in Kano, 42 doctors and 28 nurses have tested positive, and one doctor has died…”

Poorly equipped hospitals and health centers are refusing to get new patients and are sending them home to die. The colonial virus in Nigeria has an accomplice in the African petty bourgeoisie who fund the healthcare and medical needs of imperialist countries through the transfer of African resources.

Why has the African petty bourgeoisie never built a modern national health care system?

Muhammadu Buhari, the current neocolonial president, spent over three months in England for medical treatment in 2017.

Surely he did not go there to get treated against colonialism, this is something that the bourgeoisie will not do.

Billions in African money was misused by deceased neocolonial African presidents such as Bongo from Gabon, Mobutu from DR Congo, Mugabe from Zimbabwe to seek medical treatment abroad. This list is in no way exhaustive. 

According to Tahiru Azaaviele Liedong’s article online publication, theconversation.com, “In 2016, Africans spent over 6 billion U.S. dollars on outbound treatment. Nigeria is a major contributor. Its citizens spend over USD$1 billion annually on what’s become known as medical tourism.”

Assuming these expenses are consistent for ten years, it will total 60  billion U.S. dollars which is enough to build medical and pharmaceutical research facilities to enhance African independence in medical sciences.

The African petty bourgeoisie is against the future of Africa. As a social class, it has no confidence in itself nor in the masses of Africa. It is loyal only to white power or any other high bidding foreign power.

What can we do to stop the anti-Africa policy that exposes us to all colonial viruses

U.S.-led white power has been conducting biological warfare against Africa for a while. African people’s anxiety and worries worldwide are at maximum. The government’s official low-count colonial virus deaths are by no means a reassurance.

Honest African professionals in charge of healthcare and medical facilities in Nigeria and the African working class know that we are between a rock and a hard place. Something needs to be done.

It is we, the African People's Socialist Party that says this is the colonial virus, targeting colonized people.

The policies of African presidents and leaders are never designed to attack colonialism but rather to attack colonized people. It is an assault on their own people.

That is why they are incapable of concluding that Africa is at war against imperialism. We are not surprised that in their despair, they surrender to gods and mysticism.

The African working class needs the African People’s Socialist Party, a revolutionary party armed with revolutionary science to change the world.

We can unleash our collective and international black power, the only cure against colonialism!

Join today at apspuhuru.org!

 

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