The State Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello of has rejected the use of the COVID-19 vaccine, claiming the jabs are meant to kill people.
Nigeria is currently going through the second more deadly wave of COVID-19 pandemic with an average of 1,000 cases daily being announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
Nigeria Government has also announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will soon arrive in the country, promising that whichever vaccines are approved by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 will be safe for Nigerian citizens.
The Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo will receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live TV, joining other world leaders such as Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Joe Biden of the US, among others, who are encouraging their citizens to embrace its use.
However, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State sees things differently. While addressing a crowd in a viral video, he said the COVID-19 vaccine is meant to kill people instead of being a source of healing.
His statement partly reads: “Vaccines are being produced in less than one year of COVID-19. There is no vaccine yet for HIV, malaria, cancer, headache, and for several other diseases that are killing us. They want to use the (COVID-19) vaccines to introduce the disease that will kill you and us. God forbid,” he said.
“We should draw our minds back to what happened in Kano during the Pfizer polio vaccines that crippled and killed our children. We have learned our lessons.
“If they say they are taking the vaccines in the public, allow them to take their vaccines. Don’t say I said you should not take it but if you want to take it open your eyes before you take the vaccines.”
However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Tuesday reported 1,617 new cases of Coronavirus in the country, with Lagos high on the list with 776 positive cases.
Kwara State, Kaduna state, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja also recorded high numbers with the agency announcing, 147, 131, and 102 respectively.
Making the country to have now had a total of 112,004 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 89,939 discharged patients, and 1,449 deaths.
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