Against several calls from some Nigerians, including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, should go for a test to ascertain his status on the current deadly coronavirus pandemic that has claimed several lives in the world, the Governor has come out to state that those wishing that he contacted the disease, would be infected with HIV/AIDS.
The Governor stated this on Wednesday, while claiming to be hale and hearty.
The Governor challenged anybody doubting his health status, to come to the boxing ring, assuring that he would emerge victorious.
His words: “I have no Covid-19. Those who wish me to have Covid-19, will have HIV. I am good, hale, and hearty. I challenge everybody to the boxing ring.”
It would be recalled, that the Kogi State Chapter of the PDP, had advised Yahaya Bello to immediately subject himself to Covid-19 test, having had contact with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP in a statement signed by the Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dickson, said that the fight against the dreaded Covid-19 virus can only be won when Stakeholders show responsibility beyond lip service.
He urged those who had contact with the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to go for a test. The statement appealed to the APC-led government not to play politics with the health and safety of Kogites,
He, however, prayed for Governor Bello and wished that he tests negative at the end.
“The PDP notes that it has still not seen any concrete preparation by the government to tackle the scourge in the State, beyond the shut down and ban of public gatherings. We urged the government to take a cue from what is obtained in Borno, Lagos, and other States, where they have shown serious commitment to fighting the scourge.
“For an issue that is presently a global phenomenon and requires political and other will to fight by Leadership at all strata, we are worried by the sudden disappearance of the Governor from the State.”
The PDP nonetheless, called on the State Government to be civil even in the face of the enforcement of the order banning public gatherings, the statement added.