- Just like the presidency, Nigerian governors are out to prove to citizens that COVID-19 vaccination is safe for human beings
- To do this, the governors have vowed to take their coronavirus jabs on live TV when the doses arrive in the country at the end of January
- President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo and Government Secretary Boss Mustapha and some other officials are set to do the same
State governors have expressed willingness to take their COVID-19 vaccine shots on live television when Nigeria gets the drug.
Premium Times reports that the governors explained that they want to do this to boost the confidence of ordinary Nigerians in the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, said state governors have experience in vaccination matters because they helped Nigeria with polio vaccines too.
Governor Fayemi said:
“We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines would work.”
“Don’t forget, we have a lot of experience on this. Governors Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience.”
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has assured that the first batch of doses will arrive in Nigeria at the end of January.
The governors' words came just hours after Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was set to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on live TV to help drive awareness on the vaccine administration among Nigerians.
According to the federal government, Buhari along with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and other key personnel will be among the first set to receive the vaccine.
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani, an outspoken former senator said there was no need to vaccinate the VIPs in the full glare of the public.
The former lawmaker, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Nigerian Senate, in a tweet shared on Friday, January 8, called on the federal government to just do the right thing by making sure Nigerian leaders are given the same brand of the jab as citizens.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar became the first Nigerian publicly known to have taken the COVID-19 vaccine after pictures of his vaccination emerged on the web recently.
Atiku got vaccinated in faraway Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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