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Nigerian Twitter Berates Uche Jombo Over Comments About Coronavirus

Uche Jombo

Uche Jombo | Twitter

Nollywood actress Uche Jombo has come under bashing from President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide Tolu Ogunlesi and other Nigerian Twitter users over comments the screen star made about novel coronavirus.

The actress in a bid to educate Nigerian had wrongly misinformed them in a now-deleted tweet in which she asked them to educate themselves on coronavirus.


The actress tweeted:

“Reading up on #CoronavirusOutbreak
We should all collectively do so before the government use this to disappear the newly borrowed money
For example: the virus CAN NOT survive in a HOT environment.
Still reading ….. please do so too and be safe / cautious out there.”

However, Nigerian Twitter users were quick to point out that the link she posted stressed that coronavirus not being able to survive in hot conditions is speculation. Furthermore, the same article which she wrongfully misquoted also has scientists cautioning people as the virus is still new to Africa.

Many slammed the actress for using the word “CANNOT” with several insults hurled at her for the misinformation as well as tackling the government’s release of funds to combat the virus.

Uche Jombo

Uche Jombo | Twitter

Further tweets from her also alleged that there is no “testing” at Nigerian airports to detect if travelers are infected with the virus that has affected thousands over the globe. According to her, she picked up someone at the airport yesterday and there was no screening.

A Twitter user in reaction shared photos and videos of screenings at the airport to debunk Jombo’s claim.

Also, Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on New Media replied Jombo by querying how passengers will be tested for Coronavirus at the airport.

Gawat’s tweet was to emphasise that health workers screen just passengers’ temperature at the airport not coronavirus test.

Another tweet from her that raised Nigerian Twitter users’ angst against her is when she wrote that the N620 million released to fight coronavirus is a ploy to loot funds as 1% of the money can help equip hospitals properly.

She tweeted:

“Imagine just 1% of the money injected into our healthcare system nationwide. Equipping hospitals properly.”

On this, she was schooled about foreign countries like US releasing funds running into millions of dollars to fight the virus with the N620 million Nigeria released a paltry sum compared to the over $8 million US reeased.

Also reacting to Jombo’s tweets is Ogunlesi who took to his Twitter page to berate the Nollywood actress for not using her platform responsibly and setting back the federal government’s efforts in containing the outbreak of the disease.

In his tweet, Ogunlesi wrote:

“What are you reading? Why is a celebrity confidently sharing medical information that is speculative at best? Do you know the damage you’re doing to efforts to contain the outbreak, with conspiracy theories? Should you not be using your platform more responsibly?”

Check out other reactions to Jombo’s tweet below:

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