“What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the ‘type A virus’ which had been tackled through vaccinations by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccine. People have turned away from God and He has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow,’ that is just the cause of this outbreak as far as I am concerned. There is no way fornication will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured, the most important thing is for our people to know that their relationship with God is not smooth. All they need to do is repent and everything will be all right.”
– Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, Governor; Zamfara State.
The above statement according to Nigerian dailies, was reportedly made at a news conference by a Nigerian Governor. However, knowing how sensational the Nigerian media can be, I am sceptical that a right thinking individual, a Nigerian Governor for that matter can make the kind of statement that has been so unfairly credited to him by the media.
But before I jump to conclusions, first, let me; with the aid of Google and Wikipedia, familiarize myself with the keywords in the above statement.
Definition of Keywords
Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. This inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis is usually caused by bacteria or viruses, but can be a result of injury, cancer, or certain drugs.
The most common symptoms are fever, headache and neck stiffness. Other symptoms include confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises.
It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis because the treatment differs depending on the cause.
Conceptualized by religious adherents as the Supreme Being and the principal object of their faith. Often held as incorporeal, scholars attempting to describe his being use words such as omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotent (unlimited power), omnipresent (present everywhere) to qualify and justify his existence.
An immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law, the Law of God.
Consenting sex involving somebody unmarried, sexual intercourse between two consenting adults who are not married to each other.
A condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms
The imposition of an undesirable or unpleasant outcome upon a group or individual, meted out by an authority figure as repercussion for their deviant behaviour. In other words, it is the repercussion of sin.
This is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs. It often involves an act of confession to God or to a spiritual elder (such as a monk or priest). This typically includes an admission of guilt, a promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.
A predominantly Muslim state, Zamfara is located in the north-western part of Nigeria. Historically, one of the Hausa city States (Banza Bakwai) of eons past, Zamfara is the most ravaged Nigerian state in the latest outbreak of meningitis in the country accounting for 215 out of 336 deaths nationally (as at the time of writing).
From the definitions above and my understanding of them, the following are constants.
- Fornication is a sin.
- It is literally, an affront against the divine law of God.
- It’s repercussion is punishment.
- Diseases impair the normal function of the human body.
- Meningitis is a disease.
- It is not caused by… well… fornication.
it is clear to my mind that no man; sane or insane, could have made the statement being attributed to Governor Yari by the Nigerian media. I mean, ‘a whole GOVERNOR Yari… ” By attributing that statement to him, the Nigerian media is basically saying that Governor Yari is – well- insane which in my heart of hearts, I know not to be true but to be the work of his political enemies.
But if truly truly o; Governor Yari made the statement being attributed to him o, let us be clear, I am not saying he made it. we have to understand that the burden of leadership is a heavy one which no man sane or insane should be expected nor allowed to carry alone. Governor Yari as evidenced by his “supposed” negligent misstatement according to the Nigerian media, has carried this burden for far too long. It is therefore imperative that he be relieved of this burden lest in his “supposed” ignorance, he spoils the good name of his remaining family members.
Of God, Fornication and a curious tale of Meningitis was written in April 2017.