Our attention has been drawn to the false, malicious, empty and misleading article written against the leadership and members of the Presidential Taskforce for the control of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria by the Managing Director of Iris Medical Foundation Drugs and Pharmaceutical, Dr. Paul Olisa Ojeih in some online news media.
In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of APC Mandate Defenders, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka, the group said it would have ordinarily ignored the rabble-rouser who is desperately looking for the attention he does not deserve with his untested, unverified and hypothetical claim on finding cure to the novel pandemic in the country, but because he shamelessly embarked on running negative publicity and blackmail against the members of the Presidential Taskforce who have been working out their hearts and energies to contain the spread of the virus as well as eliminate it from the country, we decided to respond to the medical blackmailer.
It will be recalled that since the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic, many Nigerians have come out with different claims and counter claims on how they have found cure to the novel virus but none has done the needful by testing his or her claim on a ‘lab rat’ let alone testing it on human being but all they do is to rush to media to make claims on how they have found cure to the virus just to grab media attention.
So, that was the case of one Dr. Paul Ojeih who has not done the needful but want the Presidential Taskforce and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to entrust the lives of Nigerians to his Iris Medical Foundation Drugs and Pharmaceuticals for ‘try and error’ kind of treatment.
But when he was asked to do the needful by relevant authorities because no government would allow the lives of its citizens to be put to terminal risk all in the name of untested claim or hypothesis over covid-19 cure.
Instead of coming forward with good answer, Dr. Ojeih decides to embark on negative publicity against members of the Presidential Taskforce.
We therefore urge Nigerians to ignore Dr. Paul Olisa Ojeih and his untested ‘Venedi Elixir’ drugs because scientific claim has procedures for believability.
If Dr. Ojeih did not know this simple truth about scientific researches or discoveries, but decides to spread lies about coronavirus and against the leadership and members of the Presidential Task force on Covid-19, we therefore wonder how Dr. Paul Ojeih qualified to become a medical practitioner in the first place.
We therefore call on Nigerians to continue to obey medical advice by NCDC as well as the directives and guidelines by the Presidential Task Force as we take individual responsibility in our collective fight to defeat and dislodge coronavirus pandemic from Nigeria.
Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka,
National Publicity Secretary,
APC Mandate Defenders