NGF disowns Yahaya Bello

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has dissociated itself from the statement by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State that coronavirus vaccines are meant to kill.

Rising from its virtual meeting on Wednesday, the NGF described as ill-fated the statement by Bello even as it totally and “categorically dissociated itself from the pronouncement made by a member of the forum regarding the Covid-19 vaccine in a national daily.”

It added that the NGF “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.”

Recall that Governor Bello had told a crowd to reject the vaccines, claiming without any evidence that the vaccines are meant to kill people.

Bello had always insisted that the managers of the COVID-19 in the country were misinforming President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the coronavirus is a foreign product which they want him to promote in Nigeria.

In June 2020, Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, asked Bello to apologise to the people of Kogi State for misleading them on the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Ologbondiyan, in a statement, while reacting to the declaration of lockdown in Kabba Bunu LGA of the State following an alleged index case, said the governor needs to apologise to the people for not encouraging testing and for not providing the desired leadership since the emergence of the pandemic in the country.

Ologbondiyan, who hails from Kabba Bunu LGA, said the governor needs to apologise for mounting his treadmill and shadow boxing with COVID-19 when he was expected to lead the campaign against the pandemic.e slammed Bello for failing to show the required seriousness in leadership in the fight against the pandemic in the state, saying as a governor, he ought to apologise for also not funding even the committee he set up to fight the pandemic and for not providing palliatives to the people like was done in other states.