Former Kogi senator Dino Melaye has mocked Nigeria’s “obsession” with COVID-19 vaccination.
Dino Melaye poked fun at the Muhammadu Buhari government after Nigeria received about four million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday.
The doses, it is believed, will help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic and boost its move towards economic recovery.
The Nigerian government held a “celebration party” to welcome the vaccine. But Dino Melaye is not impressed.
He tweeted on Wednesday morning:
“COVID vaccine dey cure hunger? The vaccine go stop terrorism, bandits and kidnapping? If no, Bubu (Buhari) comot for road jare. Give me boli (roast plantain) make I chop I beg.”
Dino Melaye is essentially saying it is better to tackle widespread hunger, poverty and insecurity than focus resources on coronavirus vaccination.
Meanwhile, Germany and Canada refused to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to their citizens who are over 65 years old. Also, half of the countries in the European Union (EU) are making the same move.
They say the vaccine is not effective in that age group. They also fear that the vaccine can cause serious side effects and deaths in that age group.