Kogi governor fails to put on nose mask at Arotile’s funeral





Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor, 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.”

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2 Comments

  1. Indeed every Nigerian has the right to accept or deny the existence of covid_19

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  2. I agree with with you. Very tru

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