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Meningitis is God’s punishment for fornication – Nigerian Governor

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State in Nigeria has declared that the renewed outbreak of meningitis in 16 states of…

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State in Nigeria has declared that the renewed outbreak of meningitis in 16 states of the federation is a divine punishment for Nigerians’ promiscuous lifestyles and disobedience to God.

The governor emphatically said that fornication is the major reason God is punishing Nigeria with meningitis. According to him, God sent Type C of the menin­gitis, whose vaccines are yet to be found, as the punishment for Nigerians’ nefarious activities.

In an interview he granted in Hausa language after holding a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, Governor Yari said that fornication is among the sins that may have made God to inflict meningitis on the country.

He spoke as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that a total of 2,997 cases have been report­ed with 146 of the cases being laboratory confirmed. The agency said that as at April 3, 2017, 336 people have died from the disease. Zamfara is one of the worst affected states in the country. The others are Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto. Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States are said to ac­count for about 93% of the cas­es reported. The Nigeria Medical Asso­ciation (NMA), Zamfara State chapter had accused Yari’s gov­ernment of indifference to the outbreak despite early warn­ings.

Yari, however, said the out­break might not be unconnect­ed with the people’s total disre­gard to God’s commandments. Yari said: “what we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the Type A vi­rus. The World Health Organ­isation (WHO) has carried out vaccinations against this Type A virus, not just in Zamfara, but many other states. “However, because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.”

“People have turned away from God and he has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow’ that is just the cause of this outbreak as far as I am concerned. There is no way forni­cation will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured”.

In Cameroon,  the meningitis outbreak  began earlier in March at the Yaounde Central Prison in Kondengui. As of 24 March 2017, a total of 23 suspected/confirmed cases including 9 deaths (case fatality rate of 39%) have been reported. While majority of the affected people were prisoners, 5 suspected cases came from the surrounding community in the affected district.

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