Popular Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi has called for arrest and prosecution of any Muslim cleric, particularly of northern extraction who is found preaching to his followers to shun COVID-19 vaccine in the event the drug is found.
Gumi said: “We Northerners shouldn’t behave the same way we did with polio myelitis, where people were misled into believing polio vaccine would prevent them from having children.
“That was how we did with polio. Not until the government counselled people for 10 years before they accepted the vaccine. That has been a problem in the North. Our learned scholars instil fear in people. They have started again. If scientists find a cure for COVID-19, no Malam should preach to people to reject it.
“I am saying that, if the government plans to vaccinate people, they should not reject it. No Mallam should scare people from taking the vaccine. We are very sure the government must have tested the drug and seen it to be okay for people to use. There are guidelines and procedures to determine the safety of vaccines. If any Mallam is found doing so, he should be arrested and punished.”