Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State is at a cross road on how and why the ongoing outbreak of Type C Cerebrospinal Meningitis is coursing through his. He offers a simple explanation for this:
It must be God’s way of showing his anger against Nigerians for turning their back on him.
Cerebrospinal Meningitis is a highly infectious disease caused by a bacteria that affects the meninges covering the brain and spinal cord. There remains a high prevalence of the disease in the meningitic belt of Nigeria, wherein most Northern Nigeria state lie.
Mr. Yari said this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists at the presidential Villa Abuja shortly after meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari.
Zamfara is the worst hit state since the outbreak of the disease, with over 200 persons killed and several others receiving treatment at various hospitals and clinics.
Despite repeated warning signs and call from the Nigeria Medical Association in Zamfara, it appears the government of Mr. Yari may have neglected those signs or have acted inadequately on them, hence the epidemic.
It appears unclear if the inadequate preparation is due to a partial or total system failure, however Premium Times reports that some residents are not very happy with the government, as they accuse the government of “neglect”, considering multiple deaths have already been reported.
Mr. Yari however said the outbreak might not be unconnected to the people’s total disregard of God’s commandments.
“What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the type A virus. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has carried out vaccinations against this type A virus not just in Zamfara, but many other states. However, because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.“People have turned away from God and he has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow’ that is just the cause of this outbreak as far as I am concerned.“There is no way fornication will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured,” the governor said.