Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Anambra State, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has decried low turnout of Nigerians to COVID-19 vaccination, blaming it on government’s insincerity.
He urged government at all levels to be honest with the people on issues surrounding the vaccines so as to build the people’s confidence towards going for it.
Addressing newsmen on Friday ahead of the Easter Celebration, the Prelate said although certain persons were naturally immunized, some were prone to virus infections, hence the need to be vaccinated.
He said, “Vaccine, like every other, have their side effects and it depends on individuals. For example, the reactions of chloroquine on some persons are terrible.
“I believe strongly that vaccines can help to improve the situation. I advise those who can to go for it. Thank God nobody is forced to take it like any other medication.
“Even though there are so many stories around it, but whatever one thinks is the best way should go for it. Though some are naturally immunized, while some are prone, but if you say no, what if the vaccine will do the magic?
“Why people are hesitant is because government at various levels have not been honest to people. Truth about the vaccine has been scarce. Deception, exerggeretion everywhere.
“That’s why people are losing confidence. When you’re not trusted, even with the best products, people will look at it twice. I appeal to the government to be more honest with the people. Let’s say the truth so people can believe in us.”
On the recent attacks on security agencies in the state, Ezeokafor wondered why the security operatives meant to secure the society would be the prime target.
“I don’t know why security men are being targeted? The most recent is the one in Isuofia during a political gathering. if this could happen when we’re not yet sure of who and who are the givernoship candidates, what will happen after primaries?
“Humane lives are being wasted. There’s no reason one should take someone else’s life because it’s the highest gift from God which no one can give. We call on all to give peace a chance,” he added.