GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello Thursday accused Nigerian politicians of ‘’playing games,’ not lotto, but pandemic game with the lives of the citizens.
“Let us stop this game, Nigerians are suffering, instead of the lockdown with its attendant negative effects on the people, why can’t we turn it to employment opportunities, providing clothes for face masks to be imported to those countries who have the disease,’’ those were the words of the Kogi State Governor.
Bello, whose comments appeared to suggest that coronavirus had existed in the country before it became a pandemic, made the allegation against Nigerian politicians while hosting the Board of Trustees of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation in Lokoja.
“COVID-19 is not a new disease in our climate, we have our own way of treating it, that is what we should be exploiting rather than subjecting our people to hardship, hunger, and starvation through the lockdown,” Bello said.
The Governor dismissed claims that late Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajana, died of coronavirus, saying, it was wrong to attribute Justice Ajana’s demise to COVID-19.
He emphasized that the late Chief Judge of Kogi State had been ill since 2016.
Governor Bello said that Ajana however, passed because he could not receive adequate medical attention due to the lockdown.