The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’advert Abubakar III, has urged political leaders in Nigeria to take the COVID-19 vaccine publicly.
The normal ruler said this is able to encourage extra Nigerians to get vaccinated.
Abubakar spoke in Abuja on Friday at a Sensitisation Programme on COVID-19 vaccine for Muslim Students and Imams.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari obtained the jab on TV earlier within the month and that Nigeria obtained 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines by the COVAX facility
“We imagine that each one political leaders should take the COVID-19 vaccine first earlier than the frequent man on the road as a result of they’re our leaders,” Abubakar stated.
The Sultan regretted that some folks nonetheless don’t imagine within the existence of the pandemic.
“We imagine as a result of now we have misplaced a lot of our shut family and friends members. It’s left so that you can wish to take the vaccine as a result of we is not going to drive you.”
The Sultan appealed to Nigerians to point out curiosity within the COVID-19 vaccine, the identical manner it did with the polio vaccine. “Right this moment we’re polio-free,” he stated.
He urged Islamic leaders to coach folks of their constituencies on the security and significance of vaccines.
Coronavirus has contaminated greater than 122 million folks globally and killed 2.7 million for the reason that outbreak in late 2019.
Political leaders should take COVID-19 vaccine first – Sultan of Sokoto