The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has advised Nigerians to accept the Coronavirus as real, urging Nigerians to protect themselves.
The Sultan gave the advise at the COVID-19 Vaccines sensitisation meeting, organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), on Wednesday, January 27, in Abuja.
He also urged the Federal Government to build public confidence ahead of the importation of the vaccines.
The Sultan asked the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to take advantage of the meeting to ask all the questions bordering on expressed public fears of the vaccines.
In his remarks, Prof. Olarewaju Oloyede, a Polymath Professor of Islamic Studies and Secretary-General, NSCIA, noted that the meeting was an opportunity for questions to be asked so that after such interactions, the scholars would be better prepared for the vaccines.
Speaking at the event, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director NPHCDA, recalled the pivotal role played by the scholars on the eradication of polio.
“I am optimistic that the experience we have from polio eradication will be valuable toward making this a successful effort,” he said.
According to Shuaib, the idea behind the meeting was to secure their early buy-in to the vaccination project, with a view to avoiding a repeat of those mistakes made at the early stages of the polio vaccination programme.
He noted that the government had acknowledged the huge role they could play in convincing their followers; about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine; assuring that government would ensure that no vaccine would be administered on the people without verifying its safety.