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Covid-19: I Won’t Take Vaccine, And I Won’t Subject Kogi People To Take – Yahaya Bello

Following the arrival of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine into Nigeria on the 2nd of March, the frontline health workers have started receiving the Vaccine yesterday and has confirmed that there were no reactions.

However, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has revealed on Channels TV on ‘Politics Today’ programme that he would not receive the vaccine even  though his colleagues are expected to receive shots of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days.

 According to the Governor, “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi State. We have more pertinent issues and more pertinent matters that we are attending to in Kogi State. Insecurity we met, we’ve tackled it and several others. Disunity we met on ground and we have united Kogi State today not COVID-19″.

He stressed that, “COVID-19 is just a minute aspect of what we are treating or handling in Kogi State; there have been outbreaks of Lassa Fever and Yellow Fever and those were handled without making noise about it”.

He added that, “The last Yellow Fever (outbreak), we vaccinated our people against Yellow Fever, we encouraged them, we educated them and they felt the impact…If the Federal Government is gracious enough and give us COVID-19 vaccines, we will equally sensitise our people, people who wish to come and take can come and take but I am not going to subject the people of Kogi State to vaccines or vaccination and I will not make them the guinea pigs”.

Bello made it known that, “Mr President is the leader of this country. I respect him so high; 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”.

He opined that, “As far as I am concerned, I don’t need to take the vaccine. There is nothing wrong with me, I am hale and hearty. I am 100 per cent healthy…I won’t take any vaccine”.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo together with some governors are expected to receive shots of the vaccines on Saturday, to give assurance that the vaccine is safe,and to commence the giving of the vaccine to Nigerians immediately.

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