Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives of Nigeria, has urged against playing politics with the coronavirus vaccines, as Nigeria commences vaccination.
Gbajabiamila gave the warning on Friday in Abuja at the National Flag-off Ceremony for COVID-19 Vaccination.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, flagged off the exercise on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The first shipment of vaccines, totaling 3,924,000 doses, arrived at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Tuesday afternoon via an Emirates flight from India.
The Federal Government had stated ahead of time that the vaccines would be distributed in order of priority, with frontline health workers at the top of the list.
It also stated that the elderly and strategic leaders in the country, including the President and other main public office holders, would be taken into account.
Gbajabiamila said: “This is the time for Nigerians to rally round the government.
“The vaccines being introduced in the country are safe and effective.’’
Also, Mustapha said that the ceremony was just the beginning of a well detailed vaccination plan that would reach every eligible Nigerian at the appropriate time over year 2021 and 2022.
According to him, this span that the PTF hopes to have covered over 70 per cent of Nigerians and achieve herd immunity.
“The vaccines will be arriving in batches and I urge all Nigerians to be patient with relevant agencies of the Federal Government and Sub-national entities managing the deployment process.
“This is a novel roll out, just like the virus.
“Let me state categorically that vaccines are very sensitive life-saving commodity and the only authorised source is the Federal Government that has signed indemnity with the manufacturer,” he explained.
The PTF chairman appealed to Nigerians not to patronise fraudsters who were out to defraud, get rich and in the end, endanger their lives.
“We must be vigilant,” he advised.