From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Thursday denied the reports in social media quoting him 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.”
The report further quoted 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 refutation which was contained in a press statement made available to Journalists in Lokoja on Thursday by the Press Secretary to the governor, Onogwu Mohammad said the governor did not at any time made any of such comments as claimed by the purveyors of the said fake news.
“We urged the public and good people of Kogi State to disregard the 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 added.
The statement pointed out that Governor Bello is aware of the reality and danger of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the globe to its knees adding that his administration has already put measures in place to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
A Squadron on COVID-19 led by the deputy governor, Chief Edward David Onoja with other critical stakeholders as members, according to the statement, have since been inaugurated and is working assiduously to stop the spread of the virus to the state adding that the government has also set up isolation centres in the state to handle any possible COVID-19 cases.
The governor urged 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.