The secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has told Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state that COVID-19 is real and must be adequately tackled.
OBSERVERS TIMES report learnt that, the NGF’s made the statement following Governor Bello’s claim that COVID-19 vaccines are meant to kill the people. Governor Bello allegedly told a crowd to reject the vaccines because they are “meant to kills.
COVID-19 vaccines are not meant to kill, Nigerian governors’ forum tells Governor Yahaya Bello
The director-general of the forum, Asishana Okauru, said all the state governors have been brainstorming to consider various strategies to counter the demarketing of the vaccines through public enlightenment.
The chairman of the forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, said the primary concern of the governors is to contain the hesitancy of Nigerians to the vaccines. He said the governors had also told President Muhammadu Buhari that there is the need to create public awareness on how to contain the rising risk of the pandemic.
He said: “We told the president that there is the need to go beyond political leadership and include traditional rulers, religious leaders and others in the entertainment sector and others concerned to spread the awareness and importance of the vaccines.” Okauru added that Fayemi reiterated that the pandemic is real and, therefore, Nigerians deserve the vaccine.