The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has implored political leaders to take the COVID-19 vaccines in public glare in order to encourage other people to take the vaccines.
He made the call yesterday at a sensitisation programme on COVID-19 vaccine for Muslim scholars and imams in Nigeria.
His words: “We have seen the president take the vaccine publicly and we expect to see more political leaders take the vaccine openly.
“We believe all political leaders must take the COVID-19 vaccines first before the common man on the street because they are our leaders.
“There are those who do not believe in the vaccine or that COVID-19 even exists, but we believe because we have lost many of our close friends and family members.
“It is very important for us in advocating, to let people know that yes, COVID-19 is there and yes, there is a possibility of getting out of it. But it is left for you to act on it.
“It is left for you to want to take the vaccine because we will not force you. We only advise you and try to appeal to you as we did with the polio vaccine decades ago and today we are polio-free.”
Mr Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, also urged leaders at all levels to take the COVID-19 vaccine as a way of encouraging other people.
He praised the Islamic scholars for their support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “As leaders of Islamic faith and custodians of Islamic principles, we enjoin you to sensitize your people that the vaccine is safe and effective as confirmed by the European Union and the World Health Organisation,” he said.