Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has reiterated that COVID-19 is not their business in the state.
Speaking on a Channels Television programme, Bello declared that he would neither take any vaccine nor compel anyone in the state to take it.
He said if the Federal Government is gracious enough to send the vaccine to the state, the government would accept it and ask anyone willing to take it to come forward.
It has been reported that there has been controversy between the Kogi State Government and federal health authorities over COVID-19 cases in the state.
The government of Bello has consistently declared that the state is COVID-19 free.
As the Federal Government rolled out the AstraZeneca Vaccine Jabs on Friday, Nigerians were encouraged to take the vaccine.
But the Kogi Governor restated that COVID-19 is not the business of the state.
Bello said, “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi State. We are dealing with more serious issues in Kogi State, not COVID-19. COVID-19 is just the minutest aspect of what we are treating in Kogi State.
“There has been an outbreak of Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever and those were handled without making noise. On the last Yellow Fever outbreak, we vaccinated our people against it, we encouraged them, we educated them and they felt the impact because it ravaged some communities in Kogi State.
“They came up and we vaccinated them. So if the Federal Government is gracious enough to give us COVID-19 vaccines, we are only going to sensitize our people, whoever wishes to come and take should come forward and take the vaccination but I am not going to subject the people of Kogi State to vaccination. I will not make them the guinea pigs.”
Asked if he would join President Muhammadu Buhari to take the vaccine on live TV, he said, “Mr. President is the leader of this country. I respect him so much. All of us respect him so much. We love him and he is leading by example. If he needs to take the vaccine and he takes it, it is a welcome development. As far as I am concerned. I, as a person, don’t need to take a vaccine. Nothing is wrong with me, I am hale, hearty, 100 percent healthy. I can give you my health report anytime you desire it.”
Ofcom fines Pastor Chris channel N65.6m over COVID-19 sermon
The Office of Communications in the United Kingdom better known as Ofcom, has sanctioned religious channel, Loveworld, owned by Nigerian Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome.
Ofcom said in a statement that the station was fined £125,000 (N65.6m) for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19.
The statement read in part, “Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.”
On December 1, 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour programme called the Global Day of Prayer, during which claims were made about the COVID-19.
According to the agency, these claims included the notion that the outbreak was ‘planned’, that the ‘sinister’ vaccine can be used to implant ‘nanochips’ that can control and cause harm to members of the public and the debunked theory that the virus was somehow caused by 5G.
The agency added that it was unfortunate that the station could continue to spread such information despite previous warnings.
Other parts of the statement reads, “Ofcom stresses that legitimate debate about the official response to the coronavirus pandemic is fundamental to holding public authorities to account during a global health crisis - particularly when public freedoms are curtailed and complex policy decisions are being taken.
“However, the inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this programme were unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge. Ofcom was particularly concerned that this breach followed previous, similar breaches in 2020 during the investigation of which, Loveworld Limited gave Ofcom a number of assurances as to how it would improve its compliance procedures.”
Recently, Pastor Chris has debunked Pastors who go about preaching and urging their members to take the COVID-19 Vaccine, highlighted that the hope of the world is not in the vaccine, but in our lord and saviour Jesus, who has capacity to heal all our infirmities.
He also told pastors to convert their vaccine sermons and energy towards the assignment of God’s Kingdom, wherein they are called.
Iwobi cleared to play against Lesotho – CAF
The Nigeria Football Federation – NFF has announced that the Confederation of African Football has cleared Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi, to play in Nigeria’s game against Lesotho.
This was disclosed in a tweet on Tuesday, hours before the African Cup of Nations qualifier which will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos today.
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Recall, that officials of the Super Eagles team questioned Iwobi’s COVID-19 positive test result that forced the Everton FC man to miss Nigeria’s AFCON qualifier against the Benin Republic last Saturday.
Pastor Chris debunks pastors urging members to take COVID-19 vaccine
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Founder of Christ Embassy, has showed disappointment on some pastors who are pushing their church members to take a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
While delivering a sermon via the church’s YouTube channel, Pastor Chris lamented how ministers of the gospel have become ministers of Covid-19 vaccine.
He rather urged pastors to channel the belief they have in the vaccine to the word of God which made them healers.
Pastor Chris said, “I can’t understand how a minister of the gospel would be waiting for some vaccine to be the solution for the world. Where is your faith? What happened to you?
“We cannot make such recommendations, it is not our calling to make such recommendations. We cannot be used for that. As a minister of the gospel, you should not be used for that.
“How can you become of minister of vaccines? What happened to you? Where is the word of God in your mouth?
“Do you realise that if you would believe in Christ and in the word of God the way you believe in this vaccine, there will be power in your mouth? He (God) made us healers.”
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The clergyman lamented how pastors have now forgotten about the God they serve to the point of leading God’s people into a belief in vaccines.
“What is wrong? What has happened to you? When did we start making that kind of recommendations to God’s people?
“For God sake, think again. How can they send us to the churches to tell them to go take the vaccine?
“Listen, if I say to someone, you shall live and not die, that’s it for him. Isn’t that the Bible that you read?
“Where is your God of Elijah, your God of Moses? Where is your God of Peter, James and John? What is the matter with you?” he asked.
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