Some prominent Nigerians have reacted to a statement made by the Governor of Zamfara state and chairman of the Nigerian Governors forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, who claimed that “God is punishing Nigerians with meningitis for their sins.”
The governor had said that the outbreak of Type C Cerebrospinal Meningitis in the country was a direct punishment from God to the people of Nigeria for their various sinful acts.
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Yari whose State appeared to be worst hit by the disease made this claim on Tuesday at the presidential Villa Abuja after a private meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari.
He said that God had always sent strange illnesses which had no cure to torment the people for turning their back on Him.
Yari said: “What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the type A virus. The World Health Organization, 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.”
While reacting to the development, Reno Omokri, a former spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan, said the situation is more of a mockery to the Nigerian government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the governor.
Also reacting, Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, accused Yari of displaying ignorance, adding that this was just a new strain of the disease.
A senior official with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Denja Yaqub, said:
“I am still waiting to hear that Mr Yari, the Governor of Zamfara state, was misquoted, otherwise I believe he is just one example of how hollow, irresponsible, anti people and indeed, ANTI-GOD some of our public office holders are.
“Rather than assemble medical experts to clear off meningitis C, its still baffling that the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum claims God is punishing Nigerians by unleashing Meningitis C. “Kai, Yari should have been answering queries from his state House of Assembly by now, if the parliament is not filled by his likes; haters of humanity.”