Abdulaziz Yari, Governor of Zamfara State said that the current outbreak of Type C Cerebrospinal Meningitis, is God’s way of punishing Nigerians.
Yari stated this while speaking with journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
So far, Zamfara state is the most affected with 213 deaths, since the outbreak of the disease.
The Governor claimed that God is unleashing his wrath on Nigerians, for turning their back on him.
“What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the Type A virus. The World Health Organisation, 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,” Yari said.
He also denied that his government failed to act accordingly.
Yari said he called an emergency meeting with top state and local government officials and traditional rulers, adding that “the meeting came out with a strategy to be adopted and the money required to deal with the outbreak and a lot of work is going on”.
“After the meeting, we came out with a strategy to be adopted and the money required to deal with the outbreak and a lot of work is going on,” he said.
Yari said the announcement that there are only five million dose of the vaccine against the Type C virus has compounded the problem.
He said the federal ministry of health has only 50,000 doses of the vaccine, out of which 20,000 was given to his state.
“That is not enough for Zamfara people alone, not to talk of Katsina or Kano,” he said.
“Our Focus as a state now is to continue treating those who are infected with the disease, but as for vaccination, it has an international dimension.
“We have information that Nigeria will get the highest percentage of the five million doses available now. Apart from WHO, other International bodies such as the Bill Gates foundation and UNICEF are also currently focusing on how to tackle the outbreak.”
Last week, Chikwe Ihekweazu, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), disclosed that the vaccines for the new strand of the disease were not commercially available.