by Dolapo Adelana
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has said the root cause of the meningitis outbreak in the country is mismanagement of budgeted funds not since.
Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari had said on Tuesday at the presidential villa that God sent meningitis to punish us for our sins.
Zari said, “What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the Type A virus. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has carried out vaccinations against this Type A virus not just in Zamfara, but many other states.
“However, because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.
“People have turned away from God and he has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow’ that is just the cause of this outbreak as far as I am concerned.”
But on Wednesday, the ‘Commonsense’ Senator via his Twitter page said the disease was caused by bacteria and not sin.
“Meningitis is caused by bacteria not sin. If sin caused meningitis, most of us politicians will get it, but it’s the poor who suffer it most,” he tweeted.
“The real sin causing meningitis is the sin of mismanaging the money budgeted to cure and prevent a disease that regularly affects Nigerians.
“We cant have such brilliant medical minds like Bennet Omalu and still operate from the mindset that sins cause diseases like meningitis,” he concluded.
Over 300 Nigerians have been killed by the outbreak.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.