Umar Kadafur, deputy governor of Borno state, says some people in the state still do not believe that COVID-19 is real.
Kadafur, who is also the chairman of the state response team for the prevention and control of coronavirus,
compared the spread of the disease to the way the Boko Haram insurgents infiltrated the country
while people doubted its existence.
He said despite the increasing rate of spread of COVID-19, many people still disobey the social distancing rule
by participating in burial ceremonies and observing congregational prayers.
He described the situation as “unfortunate”.
“When Boko Haram started, a lot of people felt it was something not to be taken seriously,
until when it consumed everybody.
This COVID-19 is another Boko Haram coming,
and yet people don’t believe it’s real,”
a statement quoted Kadafur to have said. “I keep saying it’s real.
As a response team, we’ll continue telling the general public
and reaching out with advocacy.” A total of 75 people,
including 16 health workers have contracted the disease in the state.
The state has also recorded 11 deaths.