I don’t need COVID-19 vaccine, Yahaya Bello declares

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has maintained that he would not participate in the public vaccination of governors because there is nothing wrong with him.

Bello who spoke on a Channels Television programme on Friday, Bello said even though COVID-19 was not a priority in Kogi State, he wouldn’t stop any Kogi resident interested in taking the vaccine from doing so.

The governor had repeatedly downplayed the infectious virus, “It is a disease that has been imported, propagated and forced on the people for no just cause. Whether medical experts and scientists, believe it or not, COVID-19 is out to shorten the lifespan of the people, it is a disease propagated by force for Nigerians to accept.”

Nigeria had on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. It began administering the vaccine on health workers on Friday while the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, are scheduled to publicly receive theirs on Saturday (today).

When asked during the programme if he would take the vaccine publicly as expected of governors, Belllo said, “Mr President is the leader of this country, I respect him so much, all of us respect him so much, we love him and he is leading by example. If he needs to take the vaccine and he takes it, it’s a welcome development as far as I’m concerned.

“I, as a person, don’t need to take vaccine. Nothing is wrong with me. I am hale and hearty. I am 100 per cent healthy; I can give you my health report anytime you desire it. So, if I’m not ill, I won’t take any vaccine.”

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