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Federal Government`s Forced Vaccination For Civil Servants

Forced Vaccination In Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday October 13, 2021 announced forced vaccination for all civil servants despite the low mortality rate of the virus in the country.

Press Release By Equity International

This announcement was made by the Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who is also the chairman of the presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-19 at a briefing on the said day. In his words, Mustapha said: “With effect from 1st December 2021, federal government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions. An appropriate service-wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process.”

The declaration is believed to be the fallout from the speech of the President, African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina during the Presidential Retreat on Ministerial Performance. Dr. Akinwumi gave data of human Capital Vaccination between Europe, America and Africa and said Africa must ramp up her vaccination data.

Nigerians have since taken to different social media platforms to express their grievances stating with statistics and data, that the directive was not only unnecessary but irrational.

The first point raised by the citizens, which Equity International strongly approves, is that the forced vaccination is a violation of human rights according to the Nigerian Constitution as well as the International Bill of Rights. “The freedom to choose is one of the fundamental human rights; therefore, Nigerians have the right to decide what goes into their bodies.

We will like to also state that as at the time of the declaration, the COVID-19 statistics for the nation, according the CDC in Nigeria was 3,142,971 tested samples, 208,153 confirmed cases, 9,461 active cases, 195,936 discharged cases and 2,756 death. This data shows that the recovery rate is well over 90%.

The SGF also confirmed this in his briefing; he said testing statistics generated over the past month showed that the infection rate is on the downward clime in some states. This is proof enough that investing in vaccines as a nation is rather a misappropriation of funds as there are more pressing national needs that such funds, if available at all, can be channeled into. COVID-19 is not a public health issue in Nigeria, hence should not be treated as such.

President Buhari of Nigeria

That the vaccines are not a guarantee for immunization against the virus is a major reason for which vaccinations should not be made compulsory for anyone. Statistics have shown that most of the vaccinated people are the ones contracting the virus again, even with double doses. Another concern is the development of adverse reactions that are mostly worse than the disease itself. Some vaccinated individuals have become maimed for life, some are paralyzed, while some are dead. A most recent example is the late Ladi Williams (SAN) who died shortly after his second dose of the jab.

The monthly minimum wage in Nigeria cannot fund one PCR test; yet the Federal Government is giving the civil servant a 2 tests weekly alternative to vaccination. With the knowledge that the average civil servant will not be able to afford the test, it only affirms that the FG is coercing her citizens into vaccination. This is forced vaccination in disguise.

This call for a reversal is not exclusive to Equity International Initiative; various organizations are requesting for the same. The petition by Alliance Against Forced Vaccination generated over 2,000 signatures in less than 12 hours and still counting; revealing the minds of Nigerians regarding the directive. Equity International Initiative is standing with all Nigerians to say to the Federal Government: implementing forced vaccination in the Nation is not only against reasoning, it is against the law, it is also against true science. Hence we call for a reversal of this directive.