Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has again raised doubt over the existence of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Bello has been in dispute with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, over the pandemic insisting it was not in the state, and alluding that some people are reaping bountifully amid the disease and are cocking up stories about its rise to their material benefits.
The latest between them followed from the death of the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, who the NCDC said died of coronavirus, a claim the governor countered on Tuesday at the third day prayers for the deceased and went to cast doubt on the disease existence in the country.
He said, “Do not give in to fear and evil of the issues of COVID-19. It is a disease that has been imported, propagated and forced on the people for no just cause.
“Nothing kills faster than fear. I urge you all not to accept cut and paste as COVID-19.
“It is only out to create fear, panic and pandemic, orchestrated to reduce and shorten the lifespan of the people.
“Whether medical experts and scientists believe it or not, COVID-19 is out to shorten the lifespans of the people. It is a disease propagated by force for Nigerians to accept.”