Nigerian American recording artist, performer, and record producer David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido cancelled his concert in Cameroon a day after the Cameroon government announced closure of their borders and suspension of flights from Ebola-infected nations like Nigeria.
Davido was set to perform in the political capital, Yaounde last Saturday August 16, at the Chantal Biya Foundation in promoting of education and health among young Cameroonians. But instead of making the cancellation announcement in a language understood by all, he chose to do it in French when he took to twitter Sunday, Aug 17. He tweeted in French: “I am sorry I can’t make it to Yaounde this evening for the concert with my fans. My absence is linked to the travel restrictions due to Ebola virus spread. The concert will be reprogrammed soon. I love you all. O.B.O (his nick name).”
Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the decision to close the borders with Nigeria has become inevitable, because of the fears of the Ebola that spreads like wild fire in the West African sub-region. “This decision on border closure and suspension of all flights to and from Nigeria was to protect the lives of Cameroonian citizens living within and outside from contracting Ebola, as Nigeria, our main trading partner in Africa had been facing since July 20, 2014 when Patrick Sawyer sneaked into the country aboard a flight with the deadly virus,” Tchiroma said.
He however, noted that the border closure and temporary suspension of flights to and from Nigeria will be for a minimum of one month. He also advised Cameroonian citizens to take the closure of borders and flight suspension seriously in protecting their lives and property. “The border closures with our main trading partner will be lifted, as soon as Nigeria contains the spread of the deadly viral disease. We also urge all border security agencies of the two countries to be vigilant by complying with this border closures,” he added.