The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello says he would not take any COVID-19 vaccine and neither will he compel any one in the state to take the vaccine.
The governor said if the Federal Government is gracious enough to send the vaccine to the state, the government would accept it and ask anyone willing to take it to come forward.
Speaking on Friday, March 5, Bello said:
“COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi State. We are dealing with more serious issues in Kogi State, not COVID-19. COVID-19 is just the minutest aspect of what we are treating in Kogi State.
“There has been an outbreak of Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever and those were handled without making noise about it. On the last Yellow Fever, because we vaccinated our people against the Yellow Fever, we encouraged them, we educated them and they felt the impact because it ravaged some communities in Kogi State.
“They came up and we vaccinated them. So if the Federal Government is gracious enough and gives us COVID-19 vaccine, we are only going to sensitize our people, whoever wishes to come and take should come forward and take the vaccination but I am not going to subject the people of Kogi State to vaccination. I will not make them the guinea pigs.”
“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 is a welcome development as far as I am concerned. I, as a person, don’t need to take a vaccine. Nothing is wrong with me, I am hale, hearty, 100 percent healthy. I can give you my health report anytime you desire it.”
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