EBOLA: Liberia Apologises To Nigeria

The Liberian Government on Thursday apologised to Nigeria for the role they played in bringing the deadly Ebola Virus to the country.


Patrick Sawyer

It would be recalled that the first case of Ebola hit Nigeria after a Liberian-born American, Patrick Sawyer, who was already infected with the virus, arrived Lagos on July 20 from Lome but died five days after he was admitted into a hospital in Obalende.

The Liberian-born American came into contact with 59 people in both the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and the hospital.

Eight of the hospital contacts were quarantined at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba. One of them, a nurse, who treated the deceased, died on Tuesday, August 5 becoming the first Nigerian casualty. Five others, including a female medical doctor, had as of Wednesday, tested positive to the virus.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nurudeem Mohammed, told journalists in Abuja that President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, was deeply sorry that Sawyer brought the virus to Nigeria.

He stated that the deceased was under surveillance in Liberia but that he sneaked into Lagos.

Mohammed said: “The Liberian President has personally called to apologise on the unfortunate development.

“She specifically said her country had declared a state of emergency over the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

“She equally apologised that Sawyer ignored medical advice and escaped out of Liberia.”

It would be added that yesterday the United States of America President Barack Obama has refused to send experimental drug to Africa saying: “The countries affected by the virus should concentrated on building a “strong public infrastructure, I think we have to let the science guide us. And I don’t think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful.”


  • apology can change the damage. hw did he get into d plane to nigeria? this is delibrate. our people ll now be widows, widower and orphans. Liberia government kns d harm patric was bring yet they allowed him leave his country. its delibrate.

  • We should juss bomb dis country liberia kawai. Our army should test our mighty der. Dis is an art of war. Ebele declare war on dem

  • It is nothing more than sorry nw! Tell me hw commensurate dis sorry will be to d lives Nigeria is yet to loss? In my own view, I think dis wickedness should be reciprocated by Nigeria in any other alternative means. Obama, few months dat he withdrew US soldiers frm Irag, has he nt sent back d soldiers recently to hlp dem combat insurgency bt we are still dying of Bokoharam aftr dey promise to hlp.god will see dem all

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