In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, July, 2020

Shock As Nigerian Professor Says COVID-19 Does Not Exist (Video)

Shock As Nigerian Professor Says COVID-19 Does Not Exist (Video)

Cyril Otoikhian

Cyril Otoikhian

Cyril Otoikhian, a Nigerian professor, has challenged the Nigerian authorities and different scientists engaged on COVID-19 to show the existence of the virus within the nation.

The professor of genetics on the Novena College, Delta State, in a Monday morning programme on Channels TV, shocked his interviewers when he argued that the virus doesn’t exist as there was no identified proof to show its existence.

Mr Otoikhian claimed there was secrecy surrounding the analysis of the illness within the nation. He mentioned that prompt that the illness doesn’t exist.

He claimed the controversy in Cross River State, the place the federal government claimed for a chronic interval that there have been no COVID-19 circumstances inside its territory, was anticipated because the federal authorities has not been open in its dealing with of the pandemic.

There have been numerous unscientific claims in regards to the existence of COVID-19 in Nigeria and elsewhere.

After he recovered from the illness, the founding father of DAAR Communications, house owners of African Unbiased Tv and Raypower FM, Raymond Dokpesi, mentioned the illness was not a lot completely different from malaria.

However as a result of Mr Otoikhian is a scientist and researcher, his declare appeared to have shocked his interviewers and this reporter sensed utter disbelief of their eyes because the professor responded to questions.

The lecturer remained unconvinced that the COVID-19 exists regardless of the World Well being Organisation (WHO) confirming it because the infectious illness ravaging the world.

The virus and the illness it prompted have been unknown earlier than the outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

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COVID-19 is now a pandemic, affecting many international locations world wide. The illness has contaminated near 12 million folks and killed 541, 086 of them.

Nigeria as of Monday recorded over 29, 000 confirmed circumstances and 654 deaths.

Prof Otoikhan’s concept of COVID-19 non-existence

Regardless of the growing figures of confirmed circumstances and deaths associated to the illness, the professor of genetics claimed the virus just isn’t actual.


“Why can’t they bring about no matter they’re doing indoors, outdoors? Mr Otoikhian mentioned. “You say that it’s actual, then present it to make use of that it’s actual. In the event you carry it outdoors, then we set a flat desk and all of the scientists are there, the reagents and the digicam is earlier than all people.

“Then let’s see what COVID-19 is, whether or not it exists. I’ve requested severally, allow them to carry any person that’s constructive to COVID-19 and somebody that died from COVID-19, perform an post-mortem on the lifeless physique, present me precisely what you’re calling COVID-19 contained in the physique or the constructive individual of COVID-19.”

He mentioned “the developed world (is) already proudly owning as much as the reality about COVID-19.” He didn’t elaborate on who and who has owned up on the non-existence of COVID-19.

Mr Otoikhian mentioned the whole lot about COVID-19 signifies it’s not actual in any respect.

He argued that the illness doesn’t exist as a result of “if in any case evaluation being executed, and COVID-19 is a virus and the primary advice within the time period of the remedy got here from any person who just isn’t a medical physician, who beneficial chloroquine.”

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Counterclaim

Countering the claims that COVID-19 just isn’t actual, a virologist, Akayala Ishaku, who additionally spoke on the programme, mentioned apart from the truth that WHO has declared the virus a world pandemic, proof from samples and deaths of distinguished folks within the nation has established that the virus is actual.

He additionally argued that the variety of world deaths, particularly in Europe and the US, factors to the truth that the illness does exist.

Mr Ishaku mentioned science is about info and bringing info collectively to get outcomes.

“Science just isn’t mythology or extrapolations, or heresy,” he mentioned. “What it’s important to do is carry the info on the desk. COVID-19 is actual. It has been established that it’s a viral an infection and the primary outbreak was in 2019, in Wuhan China.

“It has additionally been established that bats are the reservoir for the virus and that the virus undergoes sure mutations after which transmitted to people and has been established that there’s human to human transmission.

“If anyone claims inside the school of information that COVID-19 just isn’t actual, then he ought to inform us what’s actual. If within the palace of information, you aren’t agreeing with a pre-positions or postulation, then you should give you your personal postulation.

“Then you should give you your postulation and convey up empirical proof to ascertain what they really feel is COVID-19 or not,” he mentioned.

Mr Ishaku argued that over 700 journals together with the Lancet medical journal and Nature established that there’s COVID-19.

He additionally mentioned that in Nigeria, the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Illnesses (ACEGID), on the Redeemers College, Ede, Osun State, headed by Christian Happi, a professor, has executed some genomics research establishing that COVID-19 is actual in Nigeria.

He mentioned that the examine established the illness is actual and that Nigeria has over 20 clusters of the virus within the nation.


“If COVID-19 just isn’t actual, do you assume that the world will shut down airports and lose billions of ?”
he mentioned.

Mr Ishaku mentioned claims such because the one being pushed by Professor Otoikhian have uncovered “the vulnerability in our communication system and thereby throwing up the problem of belief within the system.”

Not a lot is understood about Professor Otoikhian’s schooling, analysis works and the way he grew to turn out to be a professor.

He doesn’t have an internet profile, together with on the web site of Novena College the place he teaches. When his title was plugged into Google Scholar, no scholarly publication got here up.

When Mr Ishaku referred to as consideration to Mr Otoikhian’s lack of articles on journals, the professor claimed those that don’t like him might have deleted his publications from the Web.

Watch video of the interview beneath

 

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