Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, has accused political leaders of using the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to subject Nigerians to hardship through the imposition of lockdown.
Governor Bello made the claim when he received the Board of Trustees of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation at the Lugard Government House in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, on Thursday.
According to the governor, political leaders are using the pandemic to play games with the lives of Nigerians.
He called on leaders at all levels to instead utilise the pandemic to create opportunities, insisting that COVID-19 is not a new disease in Nigeria.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Governor Bello also insisted that Justice Nasir Ajana, the late Chief Judge of Kogi State, did not die of COVID-19, saying that health complications led to his death due to his inability to receive medical attention due to the lockdown.
“We know his medical history, he was my brother, we know we have been managing him since 2016 but this time, he was completely isolated, no one was allowed to even speak to him until he passed away, we cannot afford to be playing games with lives of Nigerians, this must stop,” he said.