The compulsory Covid 19 vaccination policy, directed by the Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for all its citizens especially public servants, has met with resistance from indigenes of the State.
Following this, members of civil society organisations, and the students’ body, took to the streets on Monday with placards in their hands.
They lamented infrastructural deficiencies and the challenges of insecurity in the State, which they believe the government of Obaseki should look into, rather than forcing them to take Covid 19 vaccines.
The agitators also promised to continue the protest until the State Governor reverses the order on compulsory vaccination; and promised to shut down the State’s economy if Governor Obaseki did not reverse the directive within 48 hours from now.
The coordinator of the Freedom Ambassador Organisation, Curtis Ogbebor,
at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Edo State Council, said,
“We have come out today to send a warning and an advice for him (Obaseki), to urgently withdraw that enforcement order. If he refuses to withdraw that order in 48 hours, we will mobilise to shut down the economy of the state.
Recall that, the State Governor has said, his administration’s policy on, no vaccine, no access to public places still stands starting from second week of September.
Obaseki also said, there must be the proof of being vaccinated, before indigenes can access public places within the State; or else, he may be forced to lockdown the State on this premise.
The Edo state Governor said, this is necessary in order to halt the spread of the Delta variant of the pandemic spreading fast in countries of the world.