Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde said that Coronavirus is real even though he made a joke about it.
Reacting to the video that went viral where Governor Makinde could be heard saying Coronavirus is not in his party (PDP) during a rally, just days before he tested positive to the virus, he said during a telephone interview on Fresh FM on Tuesday March 31, that he never doubted the existence of Coronavirus even though he joked about it.
“Okay, first, you know we had a rally, I believe two weeks ago and then I have seen the video that has been circulating on social media which is being misinterpreted to mean that, I doubted at any time, the existence of COVID-19. The reality is no, I actually never did.
“I had used COVID-19 in the same metaphorical way that their APC leader did when they were fighting about their chairmanship and he said, well, the virus has gotten into the party.
“So, I made a joke out of it and the video has been circulating that I said there is no coronavirus, that it only exists in the APC. Well, it was a metaphor.
“But to the good people of Oyo State, I want to say again: COVID-19 is real. So, they must follow all the measures government has put in place to prevent, contain and control this virus.”