Cyril Otoohhiaus – a Nigerian professor from Novena University in Delta State – on Monday claimed that COVID-19 was nothing but a scam perpetrated by the Western world.
Professor Otoohhiaus, whose field is genetics and animal breeding, stated that the virus was created in a laboratory and was not a natural organism as claimed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Speaking during a lecture on COVID-19 at Government House in Kogi State at the invitation of Governor Yahaya Bello, the professor accused the West of using the pandemic to generate trillions of dollars at the detriment of Africans and other parts of the world.
“Viruses are made by man to achieve specific purposes. That is why the organisation [WHO] cannot provide answers to virtually all questions concerning the coronavirus posed to it.
“Covid-19 is not a natural virus. That is why even the WHO is not specific in the symptoms the pandemic exhibits in the human body,” Otoohhiaus said as reported by the Guardian.
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Speaking on the same occasion, the university’s professor of neuro-anatomy and cell biology Josiah Adjene cautioned Nigerians against wearing face masks all the time, stating that the use of face masks posed health risks because they reduce the amount of oxygen required by the body.
He further said that the symptoms of COVID-19 were not a new thing for Africans.
The professor urged the Kogi government to invest in the agricultural sector, to guarantee a food supply for the next two years as food would become scarce due to the lockdown.
Governor Bello said he had invited the professors to speak about the virus, to inform citizens on COVID-19, and how best to curb its spread.
Governor Yahaya Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
“I am the executive governor of Kogi State and it is incumbent on me to create avenues for my people to be enlightened, to really know what COVID-19 is all about,” Bello said.
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Meanwhile, a discharged COVID-19 patient in Delta State also claimed that COVID-19 is a scam, saying that while the pandemic might be real in the Western world, she’s however a living witness that, in Nigeria, it is a scam.