Ghanaian political activist, scientist and blogger, Joseph Naah-Yerreh has admonished African governments to start looking within for cure to diseases that afflict the people rather than always looking to the west for help.
His comments come at a time that the Coronavirus pandemic is hitting the world hard, with Africa recording it's fair share of cases.
Mr. Naah-Yerreh in his opinion has said while the west is busy working on a cure, all Africans can do is pray and hope. "We have not built our own capacity to research and develop drugs to mitigate such diseases."
He cited the devastating effect the Ebola had on the economy of the African continent, how the West eventually came to the rescue with a vaccine.
He added that the future of war will be biological in nature and should the very people we count on for a cure turn out to be our attackers, Africans would be sitting ducks and would be wiped out before we could say Amen.
He therefore tasked African nations to invest in science and technology to be able to prepare adequately for what lies ahead, adding that prayer is only potent when backed with solid effort and work towards a solution.
"Let's say Covid-19 is a biological weapon developed by the West. Where would Africa stand if the west decides to attack us when they're the ones we always turn to for a cure to our diseases. Ebola devastated us and all we could do was watch on and manage. Finally it was the west who came with a vaccine.
"We need to invest in research and technology in Africa. The future of warfare is biological and we will be wiped out before we can even say Amen if we don't start acting now. Coronavirus is a taste of what's to come," he wrote.