Yahaya Bello: Politicians using COVID-19 to play games with lives of Nigerians/ Yahaya Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has claimed politicians are using COVID-19 to play games with the lives of Nigerians.

Bello has continued to make the headlines due to his face-off with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over the existence of COVID-19 in the state.

While the NCDC claimed the state had recorded cases of the novel disease, the governor had dismissed the health agency's report  as untrue.

The development had generated heated controversies across several quarters with many accusing the governor of politicising the issue at the detriment of people's lives. 

But speaking on Thursday while hosting the board of trustees of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation at his office in Lokoja, Bello tackled those acknowledging the disease which has infected over 26,000 Nigerians and killed over 600.

He insisted that Kogi remains COVID-19 free, adding that the recent death of the state's Chief Judge, Nasir Ajanah, was natural and should not be attributed to the disease.

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.

“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.”

NVS had earlier reported how Bello claimed the country's leaders are trying to "force" the disease on Nigerians.