Buhari’s govt reacts to Yahaya Bello’s refusal to accept COVID-19 vaccines
The federal government has finally reacted to the stance of Governor Yahaya Bello on the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Kogi state governor had earlier declared that he won’t be taking the vaccine. Governor Bello has been vocal about his opposition not only to the vaccine, but the existence of the virus itself.
Speaking on behalf of the government, the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the government won’t force any state to accept COVID-19 vaccines.
Mamora made the comment on Tuesday, March 9 during an interview with The Punch newspaper.
Governor Bello’s refusal to accept the COVID-19 vaccines is not a problem for the federal government.
“We have to weigh all that is involved. We are not going to compel anyone to take the vaccines. We are also conscious of the fact that even as of now, we don’t have enough vaccines.
“So, in essence, if a state through the governor or through any other person in that position says that we don’t want the vaccines in their states, we will not force that.
“Our priority will go to states that are willing and are ready and have even made requests to make the vaccines. Even the Bible says, ‘Ask and it shall be given.’ We will give to those states that have requested for it.”
Recall that Governor Bello had declared that he won’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine because he does not need it, adding that he does not have any medical condition that requires him to take the vaccine.
The Kogi state governor further stated that he will not allow the people of Kogi to be used as guinea pigs, noting that people who wish to take the COVID-19 vaccine in the state will be allowed to do so, but his government will not make it mandatory.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all eligible Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to protect themselves from contracting the virus.
The president gave the advice on Saturday, March 6, shortly after he received the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, a presidential aide, Garba Shehu disclosed in a statement.
Source: microsoft news