Monday, September 6, 2021

Press Statement by The Nigeria COVID Response Alliance on Mandatory Vaccination requirement in Edo State


Gentlemen of the Press,




The Nigeria COVID Response Alliance is a coalition of over 70 CSOs and faith-based NGOs formed to monitor the official response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria; and ensure that the response remains within the ambit of fundamental human and religious rights. The Alliance arose spontaneously last year in the heat of efforts to introduce legislations which were clearly overreaching the purported purpose of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. That led to our submitting a Memorandum to the June 10-11 2020 Public Hearing at the House of Representatives; as well as a Press Statement (May 15, 2020) on the subject. For the avoidance of any doubt, our Alliance is an entirely Nigerian initiative, and we are not under the patronage of any political, religious, or foreign entity.  Similarly, our position is not to condemn or question any decision freely taken by private individuals, but rather to ensure that the fundamental right to do so is not lightly infringed by overzealous and ill-informed agents of government.


This Press Conference is called specifically in response to the pronouncement by the governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki, that “from the second week of September, people may not be allowed to worship in churches and mosques without showing proof of their vaccination cards at the gates….  “.  Making this announcement while flagging off the second phase of COVID vaccination in Edo State on Monday 23rd August, Mr Obaseki had further warned that “Government will work with security agencies to ensure full enforcement of the measure”.


We consider this statement by the Edo State governor an exceedingly outrageous, insensitive, and excessive response to the COVID-19 situation both in Edo State, and in Nigeria at large.  The statement has no basis in law, logic, science, or ethics.  To begin with, does Mr Obaseki have enough vaccines for the 3,233,336 residents of Edo, were they all to step out for the vaccine in compliance with this half-baked measure?  We therefore hereby call on Mr Governor to immediately retract the statement and rescind the decision, based on the following fundamental and incontrovertible premises:


1. Ethics of Mandating a No-liability Experimental Medical Product

The vaccines which Mr Governor is directing his citizens to mandatorily receive, (Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson) are up to this moment all known to be experimental in nature, having been authorized only for Emergency or Experimental Use. Also well known is the fact that virtually every party involved in administering the shots (from the manufacturers to the donors and the medics, including the Edo state government) are all indemnified from all liabilities in case of any adverse effects attending the receipt of the vaccine. It is therefore not only unconscionable making the jab mandatory for free citizens, it is particularly obnoxious linking it with their fundamental right to assemble and worship in the presence of the almighty God.


2.  Issue of Effectiveness and Duration of Efficacy

Contrary to the oft-parroted phrase that the “vaccines are safe and effective”, publicly-available records clearly indicate otherwise.  For instance, it is no secret that Gibraltar, with literally 100% vaccination status, has become the world’s COVID-19 capital and is rated at the highest Level 4.  A recent advisory from the US CDC warns US citizens to stay off Gibraltar, adding that “Because of the current situation in Gibraltar, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.  The same situation of extremely high infection rates in highly vaccinated societies and communities is infamously repeated in Seychelles and Israel. In theory these territories should have hit herd immunity with their impressive high vaccination statuses.  Even amidst a tough political climate which compels him to extol the virtues of vaccines, Israeli’s PM Naftali Bennett still had to concede that:  “We don’t know exactly to what extent the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less….. We all hope to see a slowdown, but the facts at the moment are that there isn’t a slowdown — not here and not around the world.”


Results from actual scientific studies have however been less equivocal than the words of a politician.  A new CDC study shows very clearly that 74% of people infected with COVID in Massachussetts, in the United States were fully vaccinated; while the pre-print  of a paper published in the Lancet (of Aug 10, 2021)  by the Oxford University Clinical Research Group  found that vaccinated individuals carry 251 times the load of COVID-19 viruses in their nostrils compared to the unvaccinated!    While all these convincingly corroborate predictions made by several experts on the possibilities of the vaccine making the vaccinated more vulnerable to the disease (via mechanisms such as Pathogenic Priming and Antibody Dependent Enhancement), vaccine proponents have kept dreaming up new and frequently contradictory theories to explain the embarrassing situation.


In a similar vein, several well-respected experts, including Robert Malone (inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology), Luc Montagnier (Nobel Prize winner for Medicine), and Geert V. Bossche (top executive in the vaccine industry) have passionately warned of the possibilities of the virus progressively mutating to more deadly variants under “selection pressure” of mass vaccination in what is known as  immune escape.  Even though this prediction is now plainly playing out right before us with the emergence of new virus “variants of concern”, vaccine pushers continue to operate in denial, desperately concocting some exotic alternative narratives to fit the data! 


In any case, such incontrovertible data, of the vaccines not having any discernible benefit to either individuals or the general public, have formed the basis for emerging exasperating guidelines requiring fully vaccinated people and communities to continue a religious observation of COVID protocols such as masking and social distancing.

Based on this very apparent lack of (sustained) effectiveness of the vaccines, several first-world nations are already talking of “booster” third doses.  The government of the United Kingdom however has admitted there might be no end to the number of “booster” doses that would be required; and consequently announced a new policy requiring the country to “move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus”. Still in that country, the head of the Oxford Vaccine Group frankly warned, at a Parliamentary Panel a fortnight ago, that  “herd immunity”  for COVID-19 is a mirage that can never be attained!


With all these publicly-available uncontroverted data, it is therefore a big wonder that Governor Obaseki would think that it is this same clearly unprofitable path that his people must be compelled to thread.  Moreso, when it is well-acknowledged, (and officially backed up by statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) that the COVID-19 threat is by far benign in Nigeria, relative to the above-cited countries. That minimal threat is even further considerably downgraded by the finding by an eminent team of Nigerian scientists of the effectiveness of the cheaply available and extremely safe drug, Ivermectin, especially when applied early.



3.  The Critical Issue of Safety

Beyond the issue of efficacy however, the safety profile of the vaccines being mandated by Mr Obaseki is even more frightening!  With no publicly accessible database on adverse effects associated with the vaccine in Nigeria, it is very easy for government officials to continue mouthing their mantra of a “safe” vaccine.  Shamefully, even when the administration of Astra Zeneca jabs (for example) were being paused in dozens of nations all over the world over safety concerns, officials here in Nigeria kept insisting there is nothing to worry about with the product.  Indeed there are indications (despite official secrecy on the matter) that the one million doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine rejected by South Africa were transferred, mainly to Nigeria!


It is simply bewildering to note that up till the present time, no independent testing of safety has been conducted by the Nigerian authority on these vaccines that Mr Obaseki insists must be taken by everybody in his constituency who wishes to worship God.  The NAFDAC freely admits that all that was done by that body is adopt a new protocol handed it by the World Health Organization.  Termed “Reliance”, the new ad hoc protocol excuses the NAFDAC from carrying out any independent safety test on the vaccines, and encourages her to make pronouncements on safety, simply based on tests and pronouncements made by more “matured  regulatory authorities” elsewhere!  This, of course is in contravention of the laws establishing the NAFDAC, yet nobody has challenged the situation, and officials continue to give clean safety bill to products they have not tested!


Meanwhile, records of adverse reactions to the vaccines are kept in other climes.  And the official figures are truly frightening.  In the US, records from the publicly-accessible Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) show that between December 14 2020 and August 13 2021, there have been 13,068 deaths, 81,050 serious injuries, and over half a million other adverse events associated with the use of COVID vaccines in the United States.  A whistleblower at the CDC further averred under oath that the System is under-reporting deaths occurring within 3 days of vaccination by a factor of at least 5! Similar frightening reports are available from the UK, Israel, Canada, Europe, etc. The question is where is the figure from Nigeria upon which the blank-carte pronouncement of safety is based?


It should be noted that the discussion so far has been limited only to acute effects.  No one knows for sure at this early stage what the mid- and long-term effects would look like!


4. The biggest issue of all: What is all these really about?

This brings us to the real bewildering question in this utterly bizarre matter: Given that all the above facts are incontrovertible and well-known to all, including the proponents of the “vaccine”; why are they nevertheless pushing it so hard and playing blind?


And it is at this juncture that the Church in particular (and all liberty-loving Nigerians in general) must discern the apocalyptic dimension of the issue at hand.  In our Memorandum to the House of Representatives last year, we showed with full references cited from publicly-available scientific materials, how emerging nanotechnology could provide unrestricted access to the minds, emotions, and physiological processes of recipients of such products as are packaged into these entirely novel “vaccines”.  We also observed in that memorandum that a “spirit… of mandatory vaccination” permeated the entire Bill under consideration. Even though many felt the suggestion was rather far-fetched at that time, current developments have proved us right.


Ladies and Gentlemen, we might indeed be at the brink of a neo-enslavement of such intricacy and dimension hitherto inconceivable; and for which, if carelessly allowed, posterity and our future generations would never forgive us!  We would like all Nigerians to realize that there is a HUGE GAP between mandating external measures (such as donning of masks and social distancing) and an internal one mandating the irreversible injection of a medical product still undergoing trials, into people’s bodies, en masse.


It is therefore of utmost importance that Nigerians across all ethnic and religious divides arise to oppose this illegal, reckless, and extremely dangerous move announced by Edo governor.  We cannot afford to treat this simply as an “Edo State Problem”   We can be sure that the globalists behind these moves are only testing the waters with Edo state, and that similar scripts have already been crafted for other governors to spill out in their respective states.  The time to firmly resist these dastardly moves is NOW!


Thank you for your kind audience.




Rev Tony Akinyemi (Chairperson)


Prof Joshua Ojo (1st Vice Chairperson)


Rev Linda Tokuta (2nd Vice Chairperson)


Mr Osazee Isonarae (General Secretary)


Dr Patrick Ijewere (Public Relations Officer)







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Alphabetical Listing of 77 Groups in the Nigeria COVID Response Alliance




African Association for Ecclesiastical Affairs (AAEA)

All Women Intercessors for Nigeria (AWIN)

Alpha Group

Ambassadors of God to Middle East

Association of Christian Media Broadcasters

Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSIN);

Association of Christian Traditional Rulers

Believers  in  Politics (BIP) 


Caucus of Conservative Nigerians in the Diaspora, USA (COCNID)

Changemakers Africa

Chaplain Crusaders International Army

Christian Fellowship of Nigeria (FCS)

Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON);

Christian Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CMPN)

Christian Ministers Universal Forum (CMUF) 

Christian Professionals Forum (CPF)

Christian Rights Nigeria

Christian Unity Project

Christian Women Intercessors for all Nations (CWIFAN)

Church Arise! LivingWater Ministries


Coalition of Christian Groups (CCG)


Emerging Leaders Forum

Fulbe (Fulani) Christians Association of Nigeria

Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship

Global Christian Communications

Hausa Christians Foundation (HAFCO) Voice of Hausa Christians in Nigeria

Healing for  the Nation

Initiative for  Development of Future Accountable Leaders (IDFAL)

Intercessors for Nigeria (IFN)

Intercessors Without Walls (IWW);

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ);

International Federation of Evangelical Students (IFES)

International Foundation for Christian Unity (IFCU)

International Prophetic Ministerial Association (IPMA) (Inc. Worldwide College of Bishops & Ministers, Africa, UK & USA);

Joshua and Caleb Group

LiftUpNow – (USA)

Lunch Hour Fellowship

Ministers Breakfast Meeting

Ministers Prayer Network (MPN);

National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF);

Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA);

Nigeria Police Christian Fellowship

Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF);

Nigerian Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF);

Nigerian Faith Based Community Organization, New Jersey, USA

Nigerian Fellowship of Christian Students (NIFES);

Nigerian  Christians in Diaspora

Salt and Light Ministry

Scripture Union

Soaring Eagles Generation

Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU)

Students Christian Movement (SCM);

The Ambassadors Summit

The House of Issachar

The Messenger

The Preacher

The Watchman Ministries (Christian Evangelical Social Movement of Nigeria – CESM)

Towards Revival in Ijeshaland

University Joint Campus Christian Fellowship (UJCM);

Wailing Women International (WWI);

Watchmaidens Ministries International

WINEN (Winning Nigeria)

Womb of Intercession International Fellowship (WIIF)

Young Eagles Christian Congress




Christian Initiative for Nation Building, Osogbo

Civil Society Organization, Osogbo


Dreamyouth International, Lagos


Healing Foods Africa Institute, Lagos

Healthy Living Communications Project, Lagos

Initiative for Youths Resource Centre, Osogbo

Kimpatch Development Initiative, Osogbo

LivingScience Foundation, Ile-Ife


Rapha Institute of Healthy Living, Ikeja


Scholastic-ng Podcasts, Kaduna

The Binder Institute for Personalized Medicine, Abuja, Nigeria



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