Why I Won’t Take Any COVID-19 Vaccine ~ Gov. Bello
By Centus Nweze
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state on Friday has stated that nothing is wrong with him and so has no need to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
He further added that he won’t force Kogi residents to do so because doing so will make them into a guinea pig.
His take is however in contrast to policy decision taken by his peers collectively.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had announced that the 36 state governors have unanimously agreed to take the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, with their deputies.
However, the governor who spoke when he featured on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ also said he will not make the people of Kogi state guinea pig by forcing them to take the vaccine.
He however said his government will sensitise the people and whoever wanted to take the vaccine voluntarily is free to do so.
He said “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi state. We have more pertinent issues that we are attending to in Kogi state. We met insecurity and we have tackled it. We met disunity on ground but today, we have united Kogi state. COVID-19 is just a minute aspect of what we are treating in Kogi state”.
“There has been outbreak of Lassa fever and yellow fever and those were handled without making noise about it. because we vaccinated our people against the last yellow fever, we encouraged them and they felt the impact as it ravaged some communities in Kogi state, they came out and we vaccinated them”.
“If the federal government is gracious enough and gave us COVID-19 vaccine, we are equally going to sensitise our people and whoever wants to take will come forward and take the vaccination. But I am not going to subject the people of Kogi state to vaccination or make them a guinea pig”.
When told that President Buhari has agreed to publicly take the vaccine, the governor said “Mr. President is the leader of this country. I respect him so highly. All of us respect him so much and we love him. He is leading by example. If he needs to take the vaccine and he takes it, it is a welcome development”.
“I as a person, I don’t need to take vaccine. Nothing is wrong with me. I am hale and hearty; 100 percent healthy. I can give you my health report anytime you desire it. if I’m not ill, I won’t take any vaccine”.
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