Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has debunked reports attributed to him that the Coronavirus pandemic is an avenue for political office holders to embezzle state funds.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed in Lokoja on , Governor Bello says he did not, at any time, describe the COVID-19 pandemic as political noting that he was well aware of the grim reality and dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the globe to its knees.
“The said fake news circulated on some online platforms quoted the governor as saying that the reported spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria was political, full of lies and an avenue for political office holders and corrupt officials to embezzle and steal the nation’s resources.
“They went further to quote the governor as urging the people to take hot water with garlic, ginger, lemon, lime as well as steaming themselves as cure for COVID-19”.
The statement clarifies that the Governor did not at any time make any of such comments as claimed by the purveyors of the said fake news.
It urges the public and good people of Kogi State to disregard the said fake news churned out by agents of mischief whose stock in trade is to mislead the people and cause disaffection in the society.
The statement points out that Kogi State Government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello has already put measures in place to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
According to the statement, “a Squadron on COVID-19 led by the deputy governor, Chief Edward David Onoja with other critical stakeholders as members, have since been inaugurated and is working assiduously to stop the spread of the virus to the state.”
Also, “isolation centres have been set up in the state to handle any COVID-19 case which is hopes would not be found in the state.”
The statement therefore urges the people to continue to adhere strictly to all preventive measures put in place against COVID-19 such as regular hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers and observation of social distancing, amongst others.