Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello had earlier declared that he will not be taking the COVID-19 vaccine and has also directed the people of Kogi state not to.
The governor has been vocal about his opposition not only to the vaccine, but the existence of the virus. He had said the virus is not different from the common cold and malaria.
He said that he will not allow the people of Kogi to be used as guinea pigs, noting that people who wish to take the COVID-19 vaccine in the state will be allowed to do so, but his government will not make it mandatory.
However, the federal government reacted to his rejection of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the government, the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the government won’t force any state to accept COVID-19 vaccines.
Mamora made the comment on Tuesday, during an interview with The Punch newspaper.
“We have to weigh all that is involved. We are not going to compel anyone to take the vaccines. We are also conscious of the fact that even as of now, we don’t have enough vaccines.
“So, in essence, if a state through the governor or through any other person in that position says that we don’t want the vaccines in their states, we will not force that.
“Our priority will go to states that are willing and are ready and have even made requests to make the vaccines. Even the Bible says, ‘Ask and it shall be given.’ We will give to those states that have requested for it.”