Travel restrictions imposed on southern African countries and the African continent by world leaders, in a bid to curb the spread of the new Covid 19 variant Omicron, which has been designated by the world health Organization as a ‘variant of concern’ because of its concerning number of mutations has garnered mixed reactions.
Over the weekend, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, in a series of tweets, advised world leaders not to label or penalise African nations because of the new variant.
A video of Dr Ayoade Alakija, the co-chair, of the African Union’s Covid-19 Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance, discrediting the travel ban has gone viral. In the video clip, courtesy the BBC, the doctor said that the Omicron Variant was inevitable, because the world has failed to vaccinate countries equitably.
Meanwhile, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, was trending over the weekend, after he replied to author and activist Reno Omokri, who had previously offered him $50,000 to move to Bama in Borno State without security.
In another development, Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment in an interview on live Television said the Lagos judicial panel on police brutality was illegal and a waste of time.