By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has advised against playing politics with the COVID-19 vaccine, flag off for which was done by the federal government in Abuja on Friday.
This was as he also urged all Nigerians to rally behind the Federal Government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, describing it as “an unseen enemy” causing havoc around the world.
He noted that only a collective effort devoid of politics and conspiracy theories could guarantee a successful war against the virus.
Gbajabiamila, who was speaking during the National Flag-off, also appealed to the media to pass accurate information about the virus and the vaccines to the public.
He said the vaccination was an “epical” moment in the history of the country, as Nigeria finally began the journey of fighting a pandemic that ravaged it and changed lifestyles in the last one year.
“This is the time for us to rally behind the government. Like the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has said, the virus knows no creed, knows no religion, knows no ethnicity, knows no sex and knows no age.
“So, it is important for all of us to come together as a country to fight the pandemic. As I have often said, we are actually in a war, but in a war with an unseen enemy.
“Therefore, when a country goes to war, you go as one. I want to implore the journalists and implore all Nigerians, therefore, not to give in to conspiracy theories because we will hear them.
The Speaker assured Nigerians that with the support of the National Assembly, the government would deliver more vaccine doses to the country soon to expand the vaccination beyond the first 4 million doses.
“We must not play politics with vaccines; we must not play politics with the health of our neighbour; we must be on the same page whilst we also correct and do what you need to do in terms of your role in checking the government and holding their feet to the fire”, Gbajabiamila said.