Yusuf Bello| The presidency on Saturday allayed fears of Nigeria’s citizens over the health of Muhammadu Buhari after the president received a jab of COVID-19 vaccine.
President Buhari and vice president Osinbajo were vaccinated by their personal physicians earlier on Saturday at State House, Abuja.
The vaccination process was streamed on live television to encourage other Nigerians to accept the vaccines.
In response to enquiries from newsmen, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in a statement on Saturday evening, confirmed that the president has carried on as normal after receiving the vaccine.
”In response to press enquiries, I like to assure all citizens and to dispel fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN earlier this morning”, Shehu said in a statement.
“After he got his jab, the President felt normal and went about doing his job. If there are side effects that follow, we will be open about that but so far there is nothing of a side effect, serious or mild on the President. He is carrying on as normal.
“We hope this will help to send a strong message among the people, especially those grappling with hesitancy about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.”
President Buhari had shortly after receiving his jab, urged Governors and other leaders to lead from the front and encourage Nigerians to participate actively in the vaccination scheme.
“Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, I have received my first jab and I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do same so that we can be protected from the virus, Buhari was quoted to have said in a statement.
The President added that the response to COVID-19 in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region has been robust, collaborative, and united.
“It was driven by a collective knowledge of the fact that no country is safe until every country is safe,” he said.