- A federal lawmaker from Kogi state has accused the Yahaya Bello-led government of having no particular interest in COVID-19
- Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf advised the state government to accept the ugly reality of COVID-19 in Kogi state and stop living in denial
- The lawmaker stated that it is foolhardy to assume that any state has territorial invincibility against COVID-19
A federal lawmaker from Kogi, Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf has accused the state government of playing the ostrich by being indifferent to the threat of COVID-19.
Honourable Yusuf who represents Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency of Kogi in the House of Representatives also accused the Yahaya Bello-led administration of being very apathetic about the distribution of palliatives to the people of the state.
He stressed that without further delay or recriminations, the people and government of Kogi state must urgently accept the reality of COVID-19 so as to commence efforts for the safety of lives in accordance with Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC guidelines.
In a statement issued on Sunday, May 31, Hon Yusuf pointed out that “what is now left is for the state government to accept the ugly reality of Covid-19 in Kogi state so that the NCDC and other relevant bodies can swiftly commence efforts to help nip the problem in the bud.
“It is foolhardy to assume that any state has territorial invincibility against COVID-19 which has become a threat to all parts of the world, including the Vatican and the holy city of Mecca.
“The USA which has some of the world’s best medical systems have lost more than 100, 000 lives, so in Kogi where the number of available hospital beds and other resources are limited, our best chance is to prevent a dangerous spread.
“The Nigerian Medical Association in Kogi state has objectively expressed deep concerns, with suggestions for the Federal Government to set up a testing centre at the Army barracks or any other secure place within Lokoja and as we speak, there is a strong likelihood that a few Kogites may have become positive while a few could be asymptomatic or been healed without being aware.
“While it is likely that NCDC's approach towards the state may not be perfect, now we should all rise beyond the divides of politics, faith and ethnicity and I join my voice to that of all concerned citizens calling for united and effective war against COVID-19 so that all men, women and children of Kogi state can live long and productive lives without undue mourning.”
Recall that Dino Melaye, former Senator representing Kogi West, recently said one of the coronavirus patients in Kogi state is personally known to him.
“One of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me. I cannot be part of those who will play politics with the lives of my people,” Melaye said in a statement.
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