The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged political leaders in the country to take the Covid-19 vaccine in public glare.
Abubakar, while speaking at a sensitisation programme on Covid-19 vaccine for Muslim scholars and imams in Nigeria yestetday in Abuja, said this would encourage and boost the confidence of Nigerians in the vaccines.
This, he said, was to further drive acceptance of the novel coronavirus vaccines, most especially the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, in the country.
“We have seen the president take the vaccine publicly and we expect to see more political leaders take the vaccine openly.
“We believe all political leaders must take the COVID-19 vaccines first before the common man on the street because they are our leaders”, he said.
According to the Sultan, some people are in denial of the existence of the Covid-19 pandemic which has infected over 100 million people globally.
“It is left for you to want to take the vaccine because we will not force you. We only advise you and try to appeal to you as we did with the polio vaccine decades ago and today we are polio-free,” he said.
He urged Islamic leaders to educate people in their various constituencies on the safety and importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccines, noting that religious leaders would play a very important role in people’s acceptance of the vaccines.
Nigeria had since commenced Covid-19 vaccination campaign, haven received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility in early March.
President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo received jabs of the vaccines on Live television to encourage other Nigerians to accept it.