TELEVANGELIST and Chris Embassy Church founder Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has lashed out at African leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari who go to receive medical treatment abroad saying it brings shame on the continent.
President Buhari is particular, goes for medical treatment in the UK at least once a year and in 2017, was away in London for seven weeks, receiving treatment for an unknown ailment. Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is also known to live in Switzerland for months where he is undergoing treatment, as does Gabon’s President Ali Bongo.
Pastor Oyakhilome has criticised this practice, describing such acts as a shame on the African continent. he pointed out that it was not right for Africa’s leaders to always seek help from abroad whenever they had any problem.
“Why can’t Africa be allowed to produce their medication? How many years do you need somebody to help you. For how long can you be waiting? It will be a shame at this time of your life and history if vaccines have to be imported to Africa to help Africa.
“It is a shame and a failure on the part of the leaders. Your great grandfather was helped, your grandfather was helped, now you want to be helped. It is a shame, you ought to come up with your own vaccines, whatever medicine you need.
“It is a shame that leaders of Africa still have to travel to Europe and America to get medication when they get sick. At this time of your life, you should have grown up. What are all the universities you have built for? It is about time you started thinking,” Pastor Oyakhilome said.
He also lamented the huge brain drain taking place across Africa, taking place while the continent’s leaders are not bothered about the consequences. In addition, the fiery clergyman said he wondered when African leaders would put away childishness and dependency on other countries for loans.
Pastor Oyakhilome added: “Look at the brain drain, they take the best of Africa to Europe, Asia and China and you don’t care. What kind of leadership that has no vision for the future? We need leaders in Africa that can think, leaders that have brains and have a vision.
“Any nation in Africa that is still calling for help from another country, the leadership is a shame. You have more than enough resources to help your country, so why are you borrowing money from nations that don’t have it?
“Europe don’t have enough resources to borrow you money, neither does China, They are only borrowing you money they got from you, wake up.”