The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib has described as baseless the wide-spread rumour that the COVID-19 vaccines were part of the schemes by the world powers to depopulate Africa.

He made the statement at the sensitization programme on Covid-19 Vaccine organised by the Agency for Muslim scholars and imams in Nigeria on 27th January 2021 in Abuja.

The Executive Director said the vaccines will be subjected to verification and test by the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) before use, stressing that religious leaders and faith-based organizations would play a crucial role in mitigating the spread of the virus.

According to Shuaib, the aim of interfacing with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs was to synergize between the religious leaders and the Agency to equip the religious leaders with skills and knowledge on the COVID-19 Vaccine to enable them to sensitize their followers on the need to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.

In his speech, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, also dispelled the conspiracy theories about the vaccines, saying if the developed countries had a plan to depopulate Africa there were many ways they could have done it without recourse to vaccines.

The Sultan reiterated the Muslim leaders’ commitment to ensuring the success of the vaccination exercise as they did in the case of polio eradication efforts.

Speaking in the same vein, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha re-iterated the fact that COVID-19 is real, given the number of deaths recorded so far worldwide as a result of the disease.