Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said that Coronavirus is real even though he made a joke about it.
In a video that made the rounds on social media, Makinde was spotted saying Coronavirus is not in his party (PDP). He was however diagnosed with the disease few days after the said rally.
The Governor, in a telephone interview on Fresh FM on Tuesday March 31, said 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.”