Polio vaccinations are seen as part of a plot to reduce Nigeria’s Muslim population

ON FRIDAY morning, gunmen, believed to be members of the fanatical Muslim group Boko Haram, shot dead at least nine health workers who were administering polio vaccinations in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. The attacks took place in two different locations in Kano.

Police spokesman Magaji Majia said:

Nine people were killed in two separate attacks by gunmen on [motorised] tricycles when they attacked two dispensaries where polio immunisation workers were preparing to go out for polio campaigns.

A Nigerian child pictured receiving polio vaccine

A Nigerian child pictured receiving polio vaccine

Al Jazeera‘s Yvonne Ndege, reporting from Lagos, said that at one centre two people were killed and at least four people were injured. She said that at least seven people were killed at the other centre. Ndege said:

There are individuals and groups in the country that believe that vaccines, like the polio vaccination are some sort of ploy by Nigeria’s government, who, with foreign pharmeceutical companies, are trying to somehow reduce Nigeria’s muslim population.

Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city, has been regularly targeted by Boko Haram, which has condemned the use of Western medicine.

Said Ndege:

This goes way back to an incident that took place way back in the 1990s when the US pharmarceutical giant Pzifer ran meningitus drugs test here. It went wrong and dozens of children were killed.

Nigeria remains one of the few countries left in the world where polio remains endemic.

Last year, two Nigerian police guarding polio vaccination workers were killed by gunmen, though it was unclear if ?the attack was linked to the campaign.

According to the World Health Organisation, Nigeria accounted for 121 of the world’s 222 polio cases in 2012.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the terrorist attacks. He assured the bereaved families that the loss of their loved ones will not be in vain as the Federal Government will ensure that the mission to totally eradicate polio from Nigeria is continued.

The President further assured all Nigerians and the international community, especially international health organisations and Nigeria’s development partners that the Federal Government will not be distracted from its objective of accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality in all parts of Nigeria by mindless acts of terrorism.

The President prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the victims of the attack.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

39 responses to “Polio vaccinations are seen as part of a plot to reduce Nigeria’s Muslim population”

  1. RabbitOnAStick says:

    “…….. trying to somehow reduce Nigeria’s muslim population”

    Simple solution don’t give the vaccine to mud-slambs. Let them die from no medical care.
    they agree that aller will provide. so let them be.

    That should sort out their ‘population’.

  2. Angela_K says:

    I often wonder why we in the West waste time and lives trying to drag some sections of the third World into the 21st Century. In particular the USA and UK who still believe they are the World’s policemen. I agree with RoaS, harsh though it may be, we should let the relgious die of their own ignorance.

  3. Buffy says:

    It sounds harsh but I have to agree with Rabbit and Angela. If thee idiots would rather die of their ignorance (and polio) than receive help then let them.

  4. Broga says:

    ROAS: I agree. Let them get on with it. We i.e. David Cameron with his power fantasies, seem to feel we have an obligation to insist on our cultural mores in countries that don’t want them. One result, amognst many, is that after lavishing blood and money, in prodigious amounts and much of it into the pockets of corrupt politicians, in Afghanistan we are about to pull out. Dave and his military poodles claims we have achieved our objectives. What is going to happen is that the Taliban, al Quaeda and the rest, will be back in there like rats up drainpipes.

  5. RabbitOnAStick says:

    The other remarkable issue here is that these ever-so-angry mud-slambs instead of going, seeing, analysing, discussing, engaging with these programmes & health professionals to see what actually in reality is happening, to see if they could also help, gain knowledge, or assist THEIR OWN PEOPLE: they don’t. they immediately resort to violence and kill & maim people.

    Their OWN people.
    Or people who care about health and life. Who are helping.

  6. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    I tend to agree that we should let the fanatics wallow in their own mud and not help them, unfortunately it will not only be them that suffer, a whole heap of innocent people will also forego vaccination if we just pull out of these programs.

    As far as Afghanistan goes, I never really understood why we had gone in or what we were supposed to be doing. By pulling out in the way we are, we are now letting down an awful lot of people whose expectations were raised by us and who are now going to suffer for having had those expectations. The taliban will be back in control within 6 months I reckon.

  7. RabbitOnAStick says:

    The problem is that these fanatics cannot be separated from those who cannot control their own destiny. Children, the old, women! And be left to die on their own of various preventable diseases or just their inherent violence.

    And secondly there are other real reasons [from for example the WHO NGO’s and Gates Foundation] to control or hopefully wipe out these illnesses (i) economic, (ii) humane, (iii) it’s easy and relatively cost ‘free so to do, (iv) it prevents other mutations from developing which might affect the rest of humanity.

  8. RabbitOnAStick says:

    OT Afghanistan is very simple.
    There is little or no evidence that any Afghan had anything to do with 9/11 and it was simply that moron Dubya being a prick and throwing his stupidity onto the poor suffering population there. And deciding they’d flatten the place for feel good factor & votes. It is estimated that the initial bombing campaign which made the USA feel good after 9/11 killed some 7500 innocent people. People who had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11.

    One of the alleged main pilots was from the UAE! I didn’t see Dubai or Abu Dhabi get flattened.

    Even the old chestnut of binladen being responsible is not factually correct. There are videos where he learns of this [9/11] for the first time and he is [dare I say it] quite surprised and awkwardly ends up congratulating the people actually responsible.
    Moreover the war is actually in the wrong country. Pakistan is where the problem is. Perpetuated by Saudi wahhabism. Two countries to which the US sells $billions of military equipment.


  9. Broga says:

    ROAS: They won’t engage in discussion about medecine because they know already. Unfortunedately, what they know derives from ignorance and superstition. By imposing their will they are also confirming their power and they do want to keep their women as serfs. But it is the same with Ratzinger and his minions who lie about condoms, abortions, homosexuality. They must be seen to know and to impose their fraudulent knowledge.

    What is contemptible is the absence of challenge from UK politicians and supposed religious leaders. They keep their heads down, sacrifice children, and hope to get support from the Vatican and not to upset the muslim voters.

  10. Mark Richards says:

    The barbarians who used bullets here are not bright enough to concern themselves with a few other facts that would call the use of OPV into question. Among these are vaccine-derived polio; the potential for polio virus spread in feces; and the rather sordid history of SV40 contamination in the vaccine. Of these three, the fecal contamination has the greatest risk.

    The vaccine of course contains a live virus (generally three strains), and is most applicable in areas where the virus is already rampant. It is about 50% effective first dose, requiring several to bring efficacy to a more reasonable level. It is this interval which presents the greatest risk. Among these factors are reasons the WHO is beginning to question the programme itself as a cause, rather than a cure, for the disease spread. But it is big money, and looks good when photos of children are transmitted to show the altruism, the “s” shaped aith a “$”.

    Finally it might be noted that the majority of vaccine formulations sold to the third world never see the light of day in the west. Some have failed to meet licensure requirements at all, and others were pulled due to reactivity that could not be otherwise ignored. Africa gets second hand, but at least they get something.

    Better, however, that they develop some social and political stability and improved public health practices beyond simply plastering the population with prophylactics.

  11. John A says:

    There are now only three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria – which still have polio. Polio is a hard virus to combat owing to its portability; there are fears that it could begin to re-emerge in a number of countries which have already eliminated the virus if it cannot be eradicated completely. This is why it’s so important not to let ignorant muslims win this battle in these backward enclaves; we don’t want to end up having that back on our own doorsteps, not when the finishing post for this disease is in sight.

  12. Angela_K says:

    @John A. Well it hasn’t worked for Tuberculosis which is rife again in the UK. I could say the same about god disease that was dying out in the UK until a load of immigrants brought in a competing religion; the two have mutated to become more dangerous.

  13. Barry Duke says:

    Angela, rickets is another disease that has re-emerged in the UK, and is rife among Muslims, thanks largely to the burqa:

  14. John A says:

    Angela_K: What you say confirms what I was saying about the importance of acting resiliently in pursuing this; although the tuberculosis scenario is different in that hopes of completely eliminating TB were hindered after the rise of drug-resistant strains in the 1980s, this isn’t the case with polio.

  15. The Vicar says:

    It doesn’t help that the U.S. really DID use a “neutral” vaccination program as cover for spying in Afghanistan, and because they got what they wanted and didn’t give the followup shots many people were deceived into thinking they were vaccinated when in fact they weren’t:

    We also constantly talk about Muslims — and anyone who isn’t white and western, really — as though they were less than human; see several of the comments above. Our utter disregard for their lives does not help them to trust us.

    Now, suppose that, oh, the Iranian ministry of science somehow came up with a Cancer vaccine. And then they offered to give it to Americans, while at the exact same time their leadership was dropping bombs on any random group of foreigners, claiming that anyone killed must have been an American soldier, and their citizenship was visibly fulminating against those evil less-than-human western dogs. Would you be first in line for the vaccine? I doubt it.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Vicar bloke: Yes, I most certainly WOULD be first in the queue, and would not, as I do not now, tar all Iranians and “people of a middle-eastern appearance” with the same brush, which is what THEY are doing. Talk about shoe on the wrong foot!

  17. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Iranians are Persians. One of the most civilised nations on the planet. Actually for thousands of years. They still are. Most of them clever and decent. I count some as my true & real friends. People just like you and I.
    However, their present problem is that their fuc**d up religious stupidity set them back 1400 years. And the majority can’t get up enough speed to change the state of religious intolerance and control.
    This is thanks to two nations – the US and France.
    The US for what I say below and France for harbouring and believing Ay-intolerant Khomeini was a human being without realising he was totally insane. A true hideous mass murderer & monstrous dictator.

    Iran is now a basket case. A basket case purely due to their religion the US and France.

    The mass intellectual immigration is staggering. Look at the ‘stats for numbers (alone) living in San Francisco and Toronto. Dubai is almost totally populated as ‘arabs’ by Persians. It is an Iranian economic enclave.

    The US totally unbalanced & destroyed Iran as a democratic country with effect from the 1950’s by direct manipulation, interference, banal idiocy with kermit the frog Roosevelt and his moronic coup against Mossadegh reimposing the Shah. Propped up by US weaponry. Fetted very highly – to start a nuclear programme. A fact that anyone with intelligence would appreciate. The US embassy siege is a direct result of roosevelts stupidity – a fact the Iranians never forgot nor forgave.

    As to the dehumanising of any mud-slamb they seem quite capable of doing that themselves. This report is of violence perpetrated by mud-slams against people trying to help. If you read it is degrading tough bunnies.

    It’s not about multinationals causing mayhem. Which deserves no less fervent criticism, and denouncement.

    Barry Duke may speak as to truth of this site but -this site voices truthful opinions that others are too afraid to voice. I like truth and the ability to set it out. No one has to believe what I write or say. But I have a right to say it.

    Religious faith – as we hear constantly – is being able to say whatever stupidly enters the mind through intolerance, brainwashing and utter fantasy. None of it is truth. So our voice on this web site is our rebuff to all that. I don’t accept religious faith without a right of reply that and I can say it’s utter mendacious nonsense. And I can say that of ALL religions.

    You sound to me like yet another puerile fantasist that knows nothing of life’s religions’ reality in this case the very dangerous invidious is-lamb and what EVERY religion is about. Control, no dissention, no respect and the fury and violence when others disagree. In short world domination at all costs. No humanity in any of it. And I have a right to disagree and voice my concern at that. Because its what I believe. No fantasy – objective belief.

    Wearing sandals and growing a beard won’t save you.

  18. Stephen Mynett says:

    Great post RAOS, totally agree.
    I would add, that it is Oh so easy to play the racism, usually a ploy of the culural relativists, but that is a load of cobblers. As you said, we are slating the relgion not the people in general. However, they have their part to play and those that have the advantage of education should use it for the benefit of their people, not to attack any outsider.

    I am sure this has happened to some of you, it certainly has to me and some friends. Being accused of being racist by someone Irish, purley because I was denouncing the catholic church.

  19. barriejohn says:

    RAOS: Very good, but you seem to have overlooked the British role in Persia/Iran. I was a boy at the time of the Abadan Crisis, and remember reading about it, though I didn’t understand the implications then. Truman was president at the time!

  20. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Barrie John

    My dear friend, No! Thanks, but far from it. I was merely citing more modern issues but I am fully aware of William Knox Darcy. The tribal issues of Iran. Churchill. Colonialism. Oil in the Gulf. The Empire. The forerunners of BP etc.

    Ha! those canny Scotsmen.

  21. Zarathustra says:

    Capture these animals…. then inject them with both the Polio Virus and the Aids virus… Then throw them in a dungeon and wait 10 years.

  22. barriejohn says:

    PS The coup, in 1953, was carried out under Eisenhower – who obviously would have had to ask John Foster Dulles whether it was the right thing to do or not!

  23. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Kermit Roosevelt.

    Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. was the mastermind of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Operation Ajax, which orchestrated the coup against Iran’s democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh administration, and returned Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, to Iran’s Peacock Throne in August 1953 for the purpose of returning Western control of Middle Eastern oil supplies

  24. Marky Mark says:

    (This goes way back to an incident that took place way back in the 1990s when the US pharmarceutical giant Pzifer ran meningitus drugs test here. It went wrong and dozens of children were killed.)
    …In some ways they could be right. Some large pharmaceutical corporations have been accused of using the poor populations of Africa as Ginny Pigs. Telling them they were receiving vaccinations when they were really testing new AIDS and other drugs. US Army secretly gave LSD to unsuspecting soldiers in the 50’s and 60’s to test as a truth serum.

    (As far as Afghanistan goes, I never really understood why we had gone in or what we were supposed to be doing.)
    …Similar to our involvement in Viet Nam. The release of the “Pentagon Papers” lead to the wars end.

    (The US totally unbalanced & destroyed Iran as a democratic country with effect from the 1950?s by direct manipulation, interference, banal idiocy with kermit the frog Roosevelt )
    …BJ, I was going to mention Eisenhower as well, didn’t know about Kermit Roosevelt.

  25. tony e says:


    Brilliant post – remind me never to piss you off!

  26. barriejohn says:

    Marky Mark: I didn’t realize at first that ROAS was referring to Kermit Roosevelt – the Oliver North of his era (speed reading at fault!). I didn’t realize, either, that Kermit Roosevelt had been so personally involved in the Iranian coup (or countercoup as they liked to call it). Eisenhower was hopelessly out of his depth in the White House – like a good few others – and a mere observer of events half the time. Most Americans are woefully ignorant of the world beyond their own shores (though he had experience during the War), but we do have to give them credit for scuppering the ridiculous Suez fiasco. The reason that Churchill clung to power for so long, when manifestly too ill to govern the country properly, was that he knew what a disister Eden was likely to be – and, boy, was he proved right!

  27. barriejohn says:

    This may be one reason why the West is not universally loved by the Nigerians:

  28. barriejohn says:

    It’s a different story should BP spill any of its oil in the Gulf of Mexico!

  29. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Barriejohn, I just saw that as well. It would appear that, if as suspected, this is the work of Boko Harem, then they really are out to return to the stone age and to deprive everyone of anything modern, like medicine.

    What a bunch of savages.

  30. Ian says:

    ROAS. without Kermit Rossevelt, as you so disparagingly call him, who stretched the US constitution almost to breaking point at the start of WW2, the isolationists and Nazi lovers eg Senator Joe Kennedy (who was US Ambassador to the UK at the time), Lindbergh etc, would have kept the US totally unprepared and it is unlikely that the US would have been unable to respond to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour never mind pitch in behind Britain. Without that help Britain would have been starved into submission by 1941 and Germany would have had not only the German, French and British navies at their disposal but by 1944 would have had the atomic bomb – and the US?

    No matter what havoc the CIA has reaped since then at the time it was the US’s first foray into foreign affairs since WW1 and was actually set up by Bill Stevenson -given the codename ‘Intrepid’ by Churchill, a Canadian industrialist, and Hoover working with the authority of Roosevelt and suported by Churchill. But it was Stevenson’s organisation, BSC, working with Hoover in New York, and the US GeneralStaff, under the noses of the US State Department, in total secrecy, that got the ball rolling and held on in time before the attack on Pearl Harbour which brought the US into the war officially.

    Had things turned out slightly different there would have every likilyhood that Hitler’s dream of the 1000 year Reich could well have become a nightmare.

  31. barriejohn says:

    G M-R: Allah will look after them! At least they’re consistent if that’s their belief. I knew many Christians who, if you had a problem, would say: “Commit it all to the Lord in prayer”, or “Tell Father about it”, but they were always the first at the surgery when they needed medical attention, like fucking hypochondriacs (I’m not exaggerating). Hypocrites!

  32. barriejohn says:

    Ian: Different Roosevelt – Theodore’s grandson!,_Jr.

  33. remigius says:

    Fucking hell. The pope had just resigned!

  34. Ian says:

    Go on them, I’ll let him off. Just this once!


  35. RabbitOnAStick says:

    IAN re the apology. I presume that is for me? If it is it’s not necessary, but accepted.

    “….ROAS. without Kermit Rossevelt, as you so disparagingly call him,..”

    Just see how easy it is to believe something.
    Get it wrong and then carry on. But you realised and apologised.
    And here I was stating the case for the real Kermit Roosevelt.
    A real person responsible for the real actions in Iran.

    But you thought I was commenting on President Roosevelt. And I wasn’t.

    Bit like religion. One gets to believe whatever one wants. And it’s wrong.

    [No insult intended to you Ian. Making a point about knowledge].

  36. barriejohn says:

    ROAS: I made the same mistake originally, because you did put “kermit the frog Roosevelt”. I know we should read more closely, but I missed that reference completely!