Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has justified receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine despite being critical of the vaccine earlier.
Fani-Kayode, who received the vaccine on Tuesday, was lambasted across social media platforms for his alleged hypocrisy as he had once described the COVID-19 vaccine as ‘evil’.
But taking to his Twitter page on Wednesday, Fani-Kayode clarified why he received the vaccine.
He said it was not ‘Bill Gates Vaccine’ and that Nigerians were not being used as Guinea pigs.
His tweet read, “The COVID-19 vaccines we are taking in Nigeria are not Bill Gates’ vaccines and neither are we being used as Guinea pigs. These are tried and tested, have already been approved and have been administered successfully throughout the world. This is the Oxford Azrazeneca brand.
“There is a world of difference between what we are being given in Nigeria & the exploratory vaccines that @WHO had wanted to test Africans with which we spoke against and resisted last year. Most importantly Bill Gates and his foundation have no connection with Oxford Azrazeneca.
“I would not touch anything Bill Gates with a barge pole for obvious reasons. Mark it.”
Fani-Kayode had in April 2020 described the COVID-19 vaccine as an evil that would “result in millions of deaths”.
He wrote, “I’ve warned about the dangers of the vaccine that will be proposed as the answer to #COVID19. This will result in millions of deaths. Nigeria is trying to pass a law that will make it compulsory to take that vaccine as part of the world depopulation agenda. This is EVIL!#stopncdcbill.”
Similarly, in May 2020, while more vaccine options were being developed for the coronavirus, the former minister condemned the development in another post on his Twitter handle, adding that people were being turned into “guinea pigs”.
“WHO are set to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials in our country. EVIL! Not only have our people been turned into Guinea pigs to test Gates’ killer vaccine but our leaders are also passing a law that will make the use of that evil vaccine compulsory. What a mess! I weep for Nigeria,” he had written.
But on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode, while taking the shot, said he had to bow to sound logic and superior reasoning.
“Despite my initially strong reservations, I bowed to sound logic and superior reasoning and took my Covid-19 vaccine today. This is thanks to my sister, the distinguished Senator Grace Bent, who convinced me to take it and who emphasised that we must set an example to others,” he tweeted.
“I also give thanks to my sister, Hon. Patricia Etteh, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is the Chairman of the National Hospital & who not only let me eat all her lunch in her office before the exercise took place but who also gave us a warm reception and guided us through the whole exercise.
“Her whole team and staff at the hospital were simply wonderful & very efficient & supportive & consequently the whole exercise was very pleasant. This is a clear case of ‘never say never’.
“If anyone had told me that I would take this vaccine up until one month ago, I would have said ‘no way’. I am glad that I changed my mind & did so because it has brought comfort to many around me who insisted that I must stay healthy & safe at all costs.
“I recommend the vaccine to others and I assure you that National Hospital in Abuja is a great place to take it. Covid is real & has killed many people, including dozens that I knew & loved, over the last one year. Let us fulfil all righteousness, follow the protocols, sanitise regularly, maintain social distancing, stay healthy.”
The former minister added that if former US President Donald Trump could “take the vaccine even after criticising and questioning it, then so can I”.
Since Nigeria took delivery of the vaccine, prominent leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, have received shots of the vaccine in public.
Akeredolu: 124,817 Pregnant Women Living With HIV In Ondo
Ondo Government, yesterday, said no fewer than 124,817 pregnant women have tested positive for HIV between 2017 till date in the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed this at the launch of HIV Treatment Surge campaign in the state organized by APIN Public Health Initiatives in collaboration with CDC Nigeria and United States government. He said out of the infected pregnant women, 926 have accessed elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission of the disease..
He expressed the readiness of his administration to rid the state of HIV/AIDS.
The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Oladunni Odu said the launch of HIV treatment surge campaign was another first of its kind in the state.
The governor also disclosed that almost two million condom caplets had been distributed in the state since 2017 till date.
“Our government places premium on improved living standard of our people, where they live, work and play. It is our avowed determination to put a stop to all forms of preventable morbidity and mortality.
“The HIV pandemic requires us to open our eyes and not dismiss HIV infection as someone else issue. It requires us to open our arms to people living with HIV and give them our solidarity and support. I call on all international partners, Civil Society Organizations, religious bodies and other stakeholders to continue to join hands with government in order to achieve the ultimate goal.
“As a people-oriented government, we shall continue to provide the enabling social and policy environment to facilitate HIV/AIDS intervention programmes,” he added.
U.S Consul General in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo said the programme is helping to identify people living with HIV and place those identified on free life-saving treatment.
Pierangelo urged the Ondo State government to eliminate all fees charged by healthcare facilities for nonessential services.
Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike.
The National Association of Resident Doctors has suspended its ten days old strike.
The National President of the Association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed this in a chat with Vanguard on Saturday.
He said the strike was suspended due to their responsibility to Nigerians and that the Federal government had met some of their demands.
According to him, the strike was suspended after a series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
“We have suspended the strike to show our patriotism to Nigerians. The government has met some of our demands and they have assured us that all our needs will be met. We are working on a press statement to that effect.
“Tomorrow we will be having a press conference,” he stated.
“Who Marriage Help?” Uche Ogbodo Advises Unmarried Women
“Who Marriage Help?” Uche Ogbodo Asks As She Advices Unmarried Women Above 30 To Have Their Kids Rather Than Abort.
In A Lengthy Video Posted To Her IG, The Actress Spoke About Her First Pregnancy At 27 And Her Current One Now That She’s 34.
She Said She Doesn’t Regret Having Her First Child, Who Is Now 6, Or This One She’s Pregnant With.
She Added That Abortion Is Against Her Beliefs As A Catholic, Then Said It’s Silly For A Woman Above 30 To Have An Abortion Because She’s Waiting For Marriage.
She Advised Women To Have Their Kids, Rather Than Wait Till They Are No Longer Fertile Because They Want To Get Married First.
She Went On To Reveal That Marriage Doesn’t Favour Everyone And Gave An Example With An Old Acquaintance Who No Longer Looks Beautiful Since She Got Married.
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