Nigerian State Governor Says Covid-19 is a Fraud Perpetrated by People in and outside of Government

At a period when the world is battling with the novel Coronavirus pandemic with 43.5 million cases registered worldwide and 1.16 million deaths, while Nigeria has recorded 62, 111 cases and 1, 132 deaths as at Tuesday, October 27, 2020, an Executive Governor of a state in Nigeria, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is insisting that the whole thing about Covid-19 is just a perfected act by some government officials in collaboration with some people outside the government to defraud the country.

This is not the first time the 45-year-old Governor would make this kind of shocking statement. He said it earlier during the heat of the lockdown declared by the Federal Government of Nigeria a few months back. He has just done it again this Tuesday while featuring on a national television station in Lagos.

“Coronavirus is glorified malaria, unfortunately, billions of Naira are being siphoned away in the name of Covid-19 in Nigeria, and those who are involved are Nigerians in government and outside the government,” Governor Bello declared without minding whose ox would be gored in a country which is ranked as one of the most corrupt nations in the world.

“It is only in Kogi State that we accepted the fact that Covid-19 is not a killer disease. That is the reason we did not go on lockdown when the whole nation was brought to halt because of this pandemic a few months ago.

“The only five cases recorded for us was not our official position, it was the record in the imagination of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). To me, there is no single case of Covid-19 in Kogi State,” he insisted.

The Governor said that if the people in charge of managing the disease were serious, they were supposed to have listened to his advice long ago.

“We should have treated Covid-19 outbreak the way we treated Ebola and by now we would have won the war easily, but they refused,” he said.

Governor Bello also linked the ongoing looting and vandalization by hoodlums and miscreants in the wake of #EndSARS protests across the country to the multiplier effects of the lockdown approach by the government to curtail the spread of Covid-19 disease, adding that he warned of that the consequences of locking the country down without making adequate palliative arrangement for the people would be grave.

He said that a lot of things were forced on the people by the government to curtail the spread of the disease. The economy of Nigeria was shutdown with individuals and businesses still finding it difficult to stand till now.

“How did we get into the mess we find ourselves in?” the Governor asked rhetorically. “Early this year, an alien disease was imported into our country. I spoke and advised on how best we could handle the situation. Unfortunately, those who planned the scenario of Covid-19 failed to listen.

“The effect of the lockdown is what we are experiencing now. Youths were locked down at home for months, the country was locked down and students were locked down because Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike,” the Governor concluded.