Sultan of Sokoto shuts down rumors of poisonous vaccination
A call has been made on the need for politicians to stop playing politics with issues affecting healthcare, particularly immunization. The call was made by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, who also dismissed speculations that vaccines for polio and other communicable diseases cause the death of infants.
Premium Times reported the paramount traditional ruler said this during a courtesy visit to Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.
According to him, the politicians that are politicising issues relating to healthcare are doing so for selfish reasons.
He expressed displeasure at reports that vaccines for immunisation have been contaminated to poison certain groups of people and followers of certain religion in the country. According to him, the reports as false and warned those spreading the rumours to stop discouraging innocent Nigerians from participating in the immunisation exercise to protect them against polio and other communicable diseases.
“There are two things we must never politicise and they are health and security issues because they affect everybody irrespective of religious or tribal background. I was so saddened when we heard that the vaccines contain poison to eliminate certain races.”