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 COVID-19, compared the spread of the disease to the way Boko Haram insurgents infiltrated the country while some people doubted their 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.
The deputy governor said the committee on COVID-19 is working tirelessly to prevent the spread of the disease.
He appealed to the public to be mindful of the dangers posed by the disease.