Ebola: No apologies for giving Sawyer permission to visit Nigeria – Liberian Minister

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Aug 14th, 2014
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patrick sawyerDespite facing harsh criticisms from angry Nigerians and the International Community for clearing the late Patrick Sawyer to travel out of his country home of Liberia after contracting the Ebola disease, the Deputy Finance Minister of Liberia, Sebastian Omar says he owes no one an apology over his approval.
Omar has been gravely criticized by both Nigerians and Liberians for allowing the first victim of the disease to travel to Nigeria for a conference last month.

Recall that President Goodluck Jonathan in a speech last week referred to Sawyer as a mad man who transported the virus to Nigeria despite several warnings issued out by his country, an obvious disapproval of his action by the Nigerian government.
Meanwhile, the Minister, while responding to his fans, maintained that the late Sawyer was his friend; hence, he couldn’t have stopped him from travelling out of the country, insisting that he owes no one any further explanation or an apology regarding his action.

When asked by one of his fans if he was aware that the late Sawyer had the disease, Omar said, “As his superior, if a man tells you his sister died from Ebola and he could have been exposed, do you not think it is your duty to ask the hard questions or maybe, you could have reported this to the health officials?
“This does not excuse you from asking the questions as a government official that would safeguard the lives of our citizens and your international partners. It is your duty, again as a Government official not wanting to go above and beyond his duty to safeguard our population,” another fan blasted.

Apparently angered by his comment, Omar replied, “I do not owe you any explanation. POS (Patrick Sawyer) was a Public Health Practitioner if you must know. The Ugandan doctor was a medical doctor if you again must know. They are no more. So the freaking issue is not why he lied or didn’t lie to travel, but how we address the freaking disease.

‘’If you don’t have jack to say in that direction then frankly shut up on the subject. Sebastian Muah doesn’t have time today frankly for your rants ” a visibly angry Omar said.

Another fan identified as Omar Tariq said, “oh, hell yes you do owe Liberians and the International Community an explanation, Sebastian Muah. This is the complete arrogance of you people in government.
‘’How do you tell us such nonsense. You have through your negligence of not asking the proper questions exposed others to such a horrible Virus and you on here talking bull. A friend is dead, I am sorry but you have some answering to do since you want to brag that you approved his travels.
In his reply, Omar said, “the old people say empty drum makes the loudest noise. So you will be talking by yourself, as I see you don’t know what you are talking about and as a matter of finding solution, you do not have any but trying to find blame. Someone must have frustrated the hell out of you in Liberia O…. Take me to the International Court since I am guilty of approving a travel.”

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