As Nigeria continues to battle the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said the Federal government cannot force Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Sultan who is the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, stated this during the sensitisation programme on COVID-19 vaccine for Muslim Scholars and Imams in Nigeria on Wednesday, January 27.
The Sultan said;
“I believe that we cannot force people to take vaccine. There are myths, people talk of conspiracy theories.
I am not giving an answer to anything. If the vaccine is meant to kill us, will anybody wait for this COVID-19 vaccines before killing us? If anybody wants to kill us, there are millions and one ways to kill us. But I am not giving an answer to anything that the COVID-19 vaccine is this or that. The vaccines are free, we are not paying for the vaccine, it is your choice to take the vaccine.”
The monarch said that what the Federal government needs to do is sensitize the public on the importance of taking the vaccine and not force people to take it.