By Idowu Abdullahi,
Nigerian Opposition parties, under the auspices of Coalition of United Political Parties, have rejected the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 also known as the Compulsory Vaccination Bill.
It explained the rejection had become imperative after its investigations revealed that the Femi Gbajabiamila-led House of Representatives had allegedly concluded plans to pass the bill upon resumption of plenary on Tuesday (today).
CUPP’s spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the refusal of the House of Representatives leadership to heed the voice of reasoning may not be unconnected to the $10 million allegedly paid to the lawmakers by the sponsors of the Bill to ensure it becomes a law in the country.
Ugochinyere, through a statement he released to newsmen on Monday, expressed surprise that the lawmakers were proposing a compulsory vaccination for all Nigerians of a yet to be discovered vaccines.
- He wondered why the lawmakers are bent on the compulsory vaccination bill when there are far more important bills like the economic revival Bills to protect jobs and Nigerian workers from the coronavirus pandemic within Nigerian borders.
The opposition spokesperson, however, called on opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives to use their power as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution by resisting plans to illegally pass the Bill.
“We have been informed that the alleged deal on the passage of the Bill was struck during a trip to Austria a few months back while the financial support for the promotion of the Bill was allegedly received last week to mobilize for a push leading to the hurried attempt to pass the Bill by any means necessary.
“Nigerians are reminded that at present, there is no discovered/approved vaccine anywhere in the world and one now begins to wonder why the hurry to pass a Bill for a compulsory vaccine when there is none. What if the world eventually does not find a vaccine or cure for coronavirus just like it has not found a cure for HIV AIDS? What is the hurry in passing a Bill based on speculation or is there anything else the leadership of the House would want to tell Nigerians?
Is this bill what will stop the mass deaths and infections rising in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Gombe, Borno, Kaduna, Ogun, Bauchi and indeed all over the country? Is this Bill going to revive and grow the economy and reduce hunger and give us more testing kits or bed spaces? Is this Bill going to stop the stealing of palliatives meant for poor and vulnerable Nigerians? Is it true that all these noise for the Bill is all for the alleged $10 million?
The leadership of the House needs to start speaking now on why the hurry when there are a lot of urgent Bills to be passed which are not being attended to,” the statement read.