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COVID-19: China must write off all our debts – Oby Ezekwesili suggests on behalf of Africa

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Nigeria’s former presidential candidate, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has suggested that China let every debt go against Africa due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

She made the call in an opinion article first published by the Washington Post.

The Asian country has been accused of withholding information and being responsible for the widespread of the deadly disease.

Ezekwesili said the outbreak of COVID-19 has eroded the economic gains made by the continent since the 2008/2009 global crisis.

She said the Asian country “failed to transparently and effectively manage this global catastrophe”.

She added:

“It should not suffer even more because yet another powerful country failed to act responsibly.

China should immediately announce a complete write-off of the more than $140 billion that its government, banks and contractors extended to countries in Africa between 2000 and 2017.

This would provide partial compensation to African countries for the impact that the coronavirus is already having on their economies and people. The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a severe injury to Africa’s development prospects and worsened the conditions of its poor and vulnerable.

The continent must be accorded damages and liability compensation from China, the rich and powerful country that failed to transparently and effectively manage this global catastrophe.

Africa’s economic gains since the last global crisis have been eroded. It is time to make offending rich countries pay the poor ones a global risk burden tax for delaying their rise out of poverty.”

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