Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor, disclosed that he does not need the COCID-19 vaccine, stating he is hale and hearty; he also added that he would not be participating in the public vaccination of the governor and he won’t force any Kogi residents to take the vaccine.
Yahaya made this know while speaking with newsmen on Friday, adding that COVID-19 is not an important issue in the state, but he won’t dissuade any Kogi residents from taking the vaccine.
The incumbent governor of Kogi State said the virus was glorified, and too much exaggeration has been made as he termed glorified malaria.
He added, “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.”
When queried if he would be present at the public vaccination of all governors, Bello responded that “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 the vaccine. Nothing is wrong with me. I am hale and hearty. I am 100 percent healthy; I can give you my health report anytime you desire it. So, if I’m not ill, I won’t take any vaccine.”
He was also asked if he would encourage the people of the state to take the vaccine, and he said anyone interested could go ahead.
Responding to the question if he would encourage his people to take the vaccine, he said any one of them who is interested is free to take it.
He said, “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi State. We have more pertinent issues that we are attending to in Kogi State. Insecurity and disunity that we met have been tackled. COVID-19 is just a minute aspect of what we are handling in Kogi State. There has been an outbreak of Lassa fever, and this we handled without making a noise about it.
“If the Federal Government is gracious enough and gave us COVID-19 vaccine, we are equally going to sensitize our people to it and whoever wants to take it should come forward and take the vaccine, but I am not going to subject the people of Kogi State to vaccination; I won’t make them guinea pigs.”