The Nigerian Governor’s Forum, have dissociated themselves from their Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello over his claim that the COVID-19 vaccine can kill.
The move by the governors to disown Yahaya Bello was conveyed in a communique issued after a meeting on Wednesday night.
The decision of the governors to disown Yahaya Bello followed the Kogi governor’s claim in a viral video where he gave his suspicions on the COVID-19 vaccine warning his audience to be careful in the light of the mishap that arose from the Pfizer vaccine test in Kano years ago.
He said in the video: “…They want to use the (COVID-19) vaccines to introduce the disease that will kill you and us. God forbid!
“These vaccines are being produced in less than one year of COVID-19. There is no vaccine yet for HIV, malaria, cancer and for several diseases that are killing us… We should draw our minds back to what happened in Kano during the polio vaccines that crippled and killed our children. We have learned our lessons.
“If they say they are taking the vaccines in the public allow them take their vaccines. Don’t say I said you should not take it but if you want to take it open your eyes before you take the vaccines,” he said.
Governor Bello has also been combative in his approach to issues concerning the pandemic denying the impact of the pandemic as reported in other states of the federation.
The decision of the governors to disown Yahaya Bello was made in a communique signed by Fayemi, released to the media after Wednesday night’s meeting.
The governors said: “On the ill-fated pronouncement made by a member of the Forum regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in a national daily, the Forum totally and categorically dissociated itself from the statement, emphasizing that the Forum will continue to be informed and guided by science and will ensure that every decision it takes retains public and professional trust and is not compromised by conflicts of interest.”
The Forum also announced the constitution of a team of experts led by Professor Oyewale Tomori to advice State governors on the procurement and administration of coronavirus vaccines in the country.