Governor Yahaya Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello

COVID-19 is a ‘glorified malaria’ – Yahaya Bello

NEWS DIGEST – The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said that the state government rejected N1.1 billion support fund from the World Bank because of his belief that COVID-19 is a “glorified malaria”.

Governor Bello made the statement when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday.

According to Bello, COVID-19 pandemic has a political undertone.

He said, “I rejected the World Bank fund because I do not believe in COVID-19. Even the five cases reported in Kogi State is an NCDC creation.

“Go and check records. Kogi State is the only state that refused to sign that document for N1.1bilion because I don’t believe in COVID. N500million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive and I refused to receive and I rejected it.

However, he admitted that the state government received N1 billion from the Federal Government to tackle the effects of COVID-19 in his state.

“Even though we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we are equally affected; because our economy was equally affected and Federal Government released that fund to assist every state and we cannot reject it,” Governor Bello said.