The House of Representatives has issued a statement discrediting a report that over 50 lawmakers in have tested positive to COVID-19.
In a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Wednesday, Reps Spokesman, Hon. Benjamin Kalu urged the general public to discredit the report.
“The attention of the House of Representatives has been drawn to a news publication by Sahara Reporters on July 7, 2020, sensationally titled “Panic at National Assembly As Over 50 Lawmakers Allegedly Test Positive For COVID-19”. The House of Representatives is therefore constrained to release this refutation of the gross misinformation.
“Fake news is like a virus eating away at the fabric of national development the world over because it seeks to misdirect the people either through information underload or overload. It sinisterly shifts the perception and focus of the citizenry, as a result of which there is a behavioural change in the people who have been ill-informed leading them to act in belief of what they have heard, read or seen, as if it were the truth, The scourge of Covid-19 has impacted all countries of the world, including every state, community and individual without exception.”
“However, it is but a sickness and not a criminal sentence on infected people. Therefore, it should not be an offence to be sick or a crime to be infected, and people who have passed through infection or recovery should not be stigmatized for nobody knows whose turn it will be tomorrow. The National Assembly and our leadership have been at the fore of the battle to reduce the impact of this pandemic on the people of Nigeria. At the battlefront, occasional casualties are inevitable, especially when the warriors are not superhuman.”
“Members of the National Assembly could fall prey to Covid-19, just like any other person. It is, therefore. unconscionable to attempt to weaponize this against the institution especially when the source of such strange information is a phantom.”