By Muhammed Saheed
Sir: It is no longer news that the governor of the state of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, continues (re) emphasizing that the pandemic that has doubled all sectors is a scam.
His insistence that the federal government is making politics with the lives of Nigerians is getting out of control and something needs to be done to call on him to make the request.
It is pathetic for someone of your caliber to think that the virus is artificial, designed to cause fear and panic among citizens.
Faced with the virus and valiant attempts to flatten the curve, well-meaning Nigerians were lost by the pandemic.
President Buhari's late chief of staff, Abba Kyari, succumbed to this virus. The late Bayo Osinowo, the senator from Lagos who represented the east of Lagos, was also dragged to the bottom of the soil by the virus.
A few weeks ago, the former immediate governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi also suffered the same fate with the ugly complications of the plague.
These are among the numerous bigwigs who gave up on the ghost after fighting unsuccessfully with the COVID-19.
A few days ago, Ondo state governor Olurotimi Akeredolu also tested positive for the new coronavirus. Still, Governor Bello thinks the virus is an artificial creation.
Someone is forced to ask the governor: what more visible and convincing evidence does he need to make him understand that the virus is real? On June 19, Brazil recorded almost 49,000 deaths caused by the virus.
Nigeria, on Monday this week, had 27, 110 confirmed cases; 10,801 patients were discharged and 616 deaths registered.
The virus continues to increase in the country and around the world, and a governor who has a duty to raise awareness, admonish and take measures to keep the state's inhabitants safe is one who encourages neglect and neglect! He continues to fabricate mischief and sell nonsense words for reasons better known to him.
However, to prevent further spread of misinformation about the pandemic and prevent people from following the same path as the governor, the federal government must gather aggressive information about the virus.
The people must not sink into the absurd words that the governor keeps saying about the virus. And the governor must be called to order.
If he continues to vomit and preach the absence of the virus (even without evidence), people will begin to believe his words in the context that the governor is close to the federal government led by Buhari.
At this critical moment, the absence of the virus should not be the bone of contention, as the virus is real. What needs to be at the forefront is / are measures or ways to contain the spread and deaths of the virus.
- Muhammed Saheed, Ilorin, Kwara state.