By Tony Lahou
OFFICIALS of the Ministry of Health at a news briefing in Cotonou, have explained issues surrounding the admission of a patient with the Ebola virus from Nigeria at the County Hospital, CHD, of in Porto-Novo, Capital of the Republic of Benin. According to their statements, the analyzes have not yet revealed the disease even if the patient has symptoms associated with it. For now, there is a suspected case of the Ebola disease.
The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Minister of Health, Mouphalilou Abubakar, said of the persistent rumours: “This is a patient of 21 years who came from Nigeria and was admitted to the County hospital of Porto-Novo. The suspected person could not speak. He had diarrhoea and was vomiting. He was not in good physical condition. These are the cases that we often get in our hospitals. The patient and his companions were isolated.”
Dr. Abubakar said it was unwise at this time to talk about a case of Ebola, noting, “This is a suspected case, but this is not confirmed yet. Samples have been made to confirm or not the Ebola disease. Hë, however, indicated that those samples will be analyzed abroad, because Benin Republic does not have a laboratory capable of detecting Ebola cases. We tell people to keep calm. We have taken security measures at our borders.”
He advised the people to observe the rules of hygiene and avoid eating bush meat.
On his part, Dr. Orou Bagou Yorou Chabi called on Beninoise to stop the consumption of meat from monkeys, bats and other animals in the bush, adding, “everyone is on high alert. The situation is under control.
Beninoise political alliance petitions Obama over governance
Antoine Idji Kolawolé, Member of Parliament, former foreign minister, former president of the National Assembly and member of the political party “Union fait la Nation,” has sent a petition to the American president, Barack Obama. In the petition, he asks Obama’to examine the state of governance in the Republic of Benin. Excerpts:
MR. President, We are appealing to you, on the occasion of the meeting you are organizing on August 5 and 6, 2014, with a large number of leaders of the African continent. The Union Nation, UN, is a political alliance in the Republic of Benin, the main opposition political alliance, engaged in parliament and in political action in general, against the policies of President Boni Yayi.
As you know, the countries and peoples of Africa do not always have balance and fairness in relations with the developed world. Our hope is that you intend today to engage the United States in a radically new and exciting partnership with Africa. The country is hungry for justice and fairness. America has the means to contribute mightily to stop the plunder of Africa’s resources, a source of war and poverty, to give him a chance, finally, to stop poverty.
To achieve these broad objectives, the African people are ready and willing to play their historic role of free and responsible citizens of their destiny. Their biggest handicap in most states is the lack of democracy and freedom it requires.
In Benin, the opposition is fighting bravely for the advent of the rule of law. Unfortunately, the regime of President Boni Yayi suppresses all democratic institutions. They are no longer trusted by the vast majority of Benin’s citizens. The opposition is deprived of the minimum resources that would allow it to exist and to be heard, in blatant violation of the laws of the Republic. Thus, contrary to the clear provisions of the law, the “Union fait la nation” is banned from all public service media, and our appeal before the court failed to remedy this situation.
Of great concern today to the people of Benin Republic are two crucial issues. These are the permanent electoral list computerized, LEPI, and the end of the term of President Boni Yayi. The municipal and local elections have not been held for a year and a half, failing electoral list, transparent, delayed on purpose.
Right now, an electoral list is being compiled and we have every reason to fear that it is anything but consensual and transparent. The government there has only the essential levers including material and financial. An Independent National Electoral Commission has been designated, and the president has at its head, one of his closest men.
President Boni Yayi promised as usual, that his second term would be the last, according to the Constitution of Benin, but now many and varied signs make us fear the opposite. To prepare public opinion for this dramatic and disruptive change, a government minister said on television that it is quite possible that President Boni Yayi makes a third term as head of Benin.
For this lie to anti-constitutional affirmation, another minister of the same government merely stated that it was not President Boni Yayi that was plaintiff in the suit.
Handling is clearly at work. The “Union fait la Nation” opposes this attempt on the Benin democracy. In this struggle, and also in the fight for our freedoms and maintaining strong democratic institutions, we rely on you, as the support of the American people.
A. Kolawolé IDJI, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Former President of the National Assembly of Benin, Member of the National Assembly