COVID-19: Reactions trail Gov Bello, NCDC face-off

COVID-19: Reactions trail Gov Bello, NCDC face-off

- Governor Yahaya Bello's recent face-off with NCDC officials continue to generate reactions

- The NCDC officials had visited Kogi to ascertain the COVID-19 status of the state

- They, however, refused to be isolated as directed by the governor, fuelling suspicion from many Nigerians

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Reactions continue to trail the recent face-off between Governor Yahaya Bello and officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) who visited Kogi state recently.

The NCDC officials had told the governor they were in the state to ascertain the COVID-19 status of Kogi.

Responding, the governor welcomed the idea but reminded them of the global best practice and the protocols of the NCDC by putting the officials in quarantine for 14 days and take their samples afterwards to ensure they are COVID-19 free.

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“Remember that our visitors are also coming from the epicentre and from the daily briefing we receive from the NCDC and PTF we were made to know that a lot of their officials and doctors have been infected by the virus,” he said.

Interestingly, the officials rejected the idea and instead chose to return back to their base in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

The issue became the number one trending topic on social media, with many hailing the governor for his stance.

The controversy further fuelled the conspiracy theories already making the rounds that the NCDC may have been inflating the figures of COVID-19 patients in the country.

The governor's public image seems to have skyrocketed to high heavens since the incident with many commending his stance on the issue.

On Legit.ng Facebook page, more Nigerians commended the governor. Many commenters described Governor Bello's action in glowing terms.

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One of the those who commented wondered why health care officials will flout their own rules.

Another said the governor's decision is in order in other not to infect Kogi people with the virus.

Khalipa Shehu Imam saluted the governor for his stance.

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Reacting to the Kogi debacle, the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said it was unfortunate.

The NCDC boss speaking at the presidential task force briefing said they can only offer help where it is wanted and that they offered assistance but it was not in a place that was appreciated.

“We can only offer help where it is wanted. we offered that help but it wasn’t in a place where the help could be accepted,” he said.

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