The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’advert Abubakar III, has urged political leaders in Nigeria to take the COVID-19 vaccine publicly.
The standard ruler acknowledged this may 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 acquired the jab on TV earlier within the month and that Nigeria acquired 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines by way of the COVAX facility
“We consider that every 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 individuals nonetheless don’t consider within the existence of the pandemic.
“We consider as a result of we’ve 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 pressure you.”
The Sultan appealed to Nigerians to point out curiosity within the COVID-19 vaccine, the identical approach it did with the polio vaccine. “Right this moment we’re polio-free,” he stated.
He urged Islamic leaders to coach individuals of their constituencies on the security and significance of vaccines.
Coronavirus has contaminated greater than 122 million individuals globally and killed 2.7 million for the reason that outbreak in late 2019.
Political leaders must take COVID-19 vaccine first – Sultan of Sokoto