The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on Thursday accused those in positions of authority of playing games with Nigerians through the COVID-19 disease, which he insists is not new in the country.
He stated this while playing host to the members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Sir Amadu Bello Memorial Foundation, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House in Lokoja.
While stressing that the said game was having a negative impact on Nigerians, Bello advised that government should rather be exporting face masks thereby providing employment opportunities for Nigerians.
His words: “Let us stop this game. Nigerians are suffering. Instead of the lockdown with its attendant negative effects on the people, why can’t we turn it into employment opportunities; providing clothes for face masks to be exported to those countries who have the disease?
“Covid-19 is not a new disease in our clime. We have our own way of treating it and that is what we should be exploiting, rather than subjecting our people to hardship, hunger and starvation through lockdown.”
The Governor asserted that it was wrong for anyone to attribute the death of late Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah to COVID-19 when he had been managing his health since 2016.
He claimed that the complications which eventually led to his death was as a result of his inability to access medical attention due to the lockdown.
“We know his medical history; he was my brother. We know we have been managing him since 2016, but this time, he was completely isolated; no one was allowed to even speak to him until he passed away. We cannot afford to be playing games with the lives of Nigerians This must stop,” Bello added.
The Secretary to the board of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau called on state governments to strengthen their laws with stiffer penalties to perpetrators of these heinous acts.
The delegation presented 30,000 facemasks to the government and the people of the state as well as flag off public awareness advocacy against rape and other forms of gender based violence in Nigeria.