The Chairman of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kogi State chapter, Bishop John Ibenu on Friday assured Christians of the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and advise members to present themselves for the vaccination.
Ibenu gave the assurance in Lokoja when officials from Kogi State Ministry of Health and Kogi Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), paid an advocacy visit to him towards the preparation to receiving COVID-19 vaccines in the state.
According to Ibenu, the National CAN led by its President, His Eminence Dr Ayokunle Samson, had a stakeholders meeting with Minister of Health, the SGF, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, NAFDAC and other stakeholders.
The Bishop said that at the end of the meeting, they all came to a conclusion that COVID-19 was real and it affected people and that the vaccine should be accepted and taken by Christians and Nigerians.
We listened to many presentations by professionals and we carried out our own investigation and concluded that the vaccine is beneficial to mankind and that every Christian should accept the vaccine.
He assured the Christian brothers and sisters and Nigerians that CAN would be the number one body to stand against anything that could harm anyone.
He stressed that it was against international standard and health practice to introduce anything that would be harmful to humanity, saying, ”CAN will never be part of anything that will be harmful to humanity.
”The COVID-19 vaccine is safe; there is no trick in it, there is no Antichrist or 666 number in it. Please let us not be left behind.
I am appealing to everyone of us to accept the vaccine when it comes; I assure you it is necessary and beneficial to everyone of us, it is for the safety ourselves, family and the total population at large.”
He, however, noted that the vaccine was not compulsory and not by force that those who wanted to take should take, and anybody who chose not to take it can stay away.
”But it is for the benefit of humanity and we certified it to be okay for everybody,” Ibenu said.
The bishop commended the ministry of health and the Governor in particular for being very open and practical in handling the issue of COVID-19 from the onset in the state.
”As far as COVID-19 is concerned, the Kogi Government has taken the most pragmatic approach in addressing the situation from day one of the virus,” Ibenu said.