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Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo fumes at racism comments from French doctors

Joseph Yobo has branded comments by two French doctors that Africa should be used as a Corona Virus test lab as “disrespectful and sad.”

“This may be controversial, but shouldn’t we do a study in Africa where they do not have masks, treatments or resuscitation?” Dr. Jean Paul Mira, who is head of resuscitation services at the Cochin Hospital in Paris asked on France’s LCI network.

Dr. Camille Locht, director of research at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, responded: “You are right. We are thinking of a parallel study in Africa to use this same kind of approach…”

The comments have drawn the ire of some African football greats – as Didier Drogba remarked that Africans were not human guinea pigs, while Samuel Eto’o branded the doctors “sons of bitches”.

Whilst appalled at the comments, Yobo, called for African leaders to do enough in defending the continent.


“It’s absurd to hear a doctor say such a thing and like my other colleagues said, Africa is not a test lab,” Yobo told Goal.

“You don’t even say such a thing because we don’t know the motive behind that or is that how Africa is perceived?

“That is very wrong because we are human beings only that we are black in colour. I’m surprised that discrimination is still coming into this and he shouldn’t have mentioned Africa.

“France are suffering more from the pandemic than Nigeria and Africa. It started in China while Italy and the United States are really suffering, so why choose Africa that has fewer cases?

“This is what I don’t understand and we have to change our orientation, our leaders must come together and we as a people must promote Africa so that we won’t be looked down upon.

“It is uncalled for, disrespectful and sad; I can’t still find the right words to use but I will back what [Drogba and Eto’o] have said and label that unacceptable.”

Africa’s recorded number of COVID 19 cases stands at 9,547 as of Monday, April 6, 2020 – 232 of which are from Nigeria.

While five people have died from the disease in Nigeria, the country has also recorded over 30 recovered cases.

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