In an interview with journalists on Tuesday shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, said that the meningitis outbreak the country is facing is God’s punishment for fornication.
Yari has been accused of not adequately planning for the outbreak even after series of warnings from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Zamfara.
Zamfara is the worst hit in the outbreak as over 200 of the 336 deaths recorded are from the state
“What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the type A virus. The World Health Organisation (WHO), has carried out vaccinations against this type A virus not just in Zamfara, but many other states.
However, because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.
People have turned away from God and he has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow’ that is just the cause of this outbreak as far as I am concerned.
There is no way fornication will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured.
The most important thing is for our people to know that their relationship with God is not smooth. All they need to do is repent and everything will be alright,” Yari said.
The governor added that 20,000 doses of vaccines have been given to his state out of the 50,000 available in the Federal Ministry of Health.
“Our focus as a state now is to continue treating those who are infected with the disease, but as for vaccination, it has an international dimension.
We have information that Nigeria will get the highest percentage of the five million doses available now. Apart from WHO, other international bodies such as the Bill Gates Foundation and UNICEF are also currently focusing on how to tackle the outbreak,” Yari said.
Source: Premium Times