Governor Yari Denies Comment On Meningitis
Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari has denied saying that God is punishing Nigerians with Meningitis outbreak.
The governor was on Tuesday quoted as saying the outbreak of Type C Cerebrospinal Meningitis in some parts of the country was God’s way of showing his anger against Nigerians for turning their back on Him.
He reportedly made the remark while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But the Zamfara governor yesterday explained that he did not say “God is punishing Nigerians with the outbreak”,
Yari, who made clarifications on the comment through his Special Adviser on Media and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, said he never said Meningitis was a divine punishment from God for fornication.
He said he only lamented the paucity of appropriate vaccines to confront the outbreak of meningitis in his state.
The governor said he merely asked Nigerians to move closer to God and plead for His mercy to avert further infectious diseases and other health crisis in the state and Nigeria.
The statement said: “No doubt, as a God-fearing man and a Muslim, the governor believes in the powers of Allah to inflict whatever punishment he decides on the human race. However, the governor who spoke in Hausa had a particular audience in mind when he spoke to the BBC Hausa reporter.
“The governor added, for example, that fornication “should not spread so much in society, that it becomes common place and if that happens, Allah promises to inflict, on its perpetrators (people) a sickness that would have no cure.”
“Let it be known too that the governor still insists that all diseases come from Allah and that at no point in his interaction with the reporters did he insinuate that Allah was punishing Nigerians, but instead drew from the teachings of great Islamic traditions to buttress the point he was trying to convey.”