Governor Yahya Bello of Kogi State has disclosed that he will not be taking the Covid-19 vaccination.
Speaking with Channels TV on Friday March 5, he noted that he will be exempted from taking shots of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines expected to be rolled out in the coming days unlike many of his colleagues.
Yahya Bello anchored his refusal to take the vaccine on the premise that there is nothing medically wrong with him and he won’t allow the people of the state to be used as “guinea pigs”
“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.
“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.
“The last Yellow Fever (outbreak), we vaccinated out 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… “, he said.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as well as some governors are also expected to receive shots of the vaccines on Saturday to dissipate vaccine hesitancy amongst Nigerians.