“I need to, at this point, mention the role of Research in this exercise. We must encourage our local scientists and deepen our capacity for research. There is a huge role for all relevant Research Institutes to play at this time”
- What can COVID-19 not achieve when the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 can make the above statement? That is the government that, in keeping with the tradition of its predecessors has the incomprehensible habit of devaluing its own academics just out of an intolerant authoritarian attitude that cannot understand that academics must be academics, trained to interrogate! What a humbling by COVID? Perhaps, it is, indeed, better to be late than never in coming off from the habit of denigrating Nigerian academics because if you continue on that path, then “madmen and specialists” from other climes will design your burial coats and it would be too late!