Kogi gov fails to wear mask at Arotile’s funeral :
Kogi State Governor , Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, attended the funeral of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile , in Abuja and failed to wear a mask in breach of the COVID – 19 guidelines .
Arotile, who was Nigeria ’ s first female combat helicopter pilot , died last week in a freak accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State .
Top military officials including the Chief of Defence Staff , Gen . Gabriel Olonisakin ; the Chief of Air Staff , Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique; and other dignitaries all wore masks in compliance with the Covid- 19 guidelines issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
However, Bello , who represented Arotile ’ s home state of Kogi at the event , was clad in a white agbada and cap without a face mask .
The governor ’ s wife , who sat next to him , however , wore a mask .
In several photos posted on social media, the governor is seeing exchanging pleasantries with VIPs without wearing a mask .
Bello has been having a publicised feud with the NCDC as regards the COVID – 19 guidelines .
He has constantly denied the existence of COVID -19 in Kogi State despite being confronted with evidence by federal health officials .
Earlier in the month, the governor said COVID – 19 was a hoax .
The governor had said , “ Do not give in to fear and evil of the issues of COVID – 19. It is a disease that has been imported , propagated and forced on the people for no just cause . Nothing kills faster than fear. I urge you all not to accept cut and paste as COVID – 19.
“ It is only out to create fear , panic , and pandemic , orchestrated to reduce and shorten the lifespan of the people. Whether medical experts and scientists , believe it or not , COVID – 19 is out to shorten the life spans of the people. It is a disease propagated by force for Nigerians to accept.