Following an unfounded rumour yesterday of an allegation that the military are injecting school children with the deadly monkey pox virus in which it was alleged that some pupils were said to have slumped and died once they were injected, caused a great panic and even caused parents to immediately withdraw their wards from school yesterday.
This news spread like wild fire across the nation and today, street in Aba are filled with children playing who on getting to their different schools,were told to go back home.
But when Abia Facts Newspaper reporter met with the Proprietor of Marvellous Child School, she said that children were sent home because of the celebration of National Association of Proprietor and Private School (NAPPS) which holds today. She also disclosed that parents were scared yesterday at the rumour.
In her words:’ I told parents that I’ve not seen any military men coming here but that they should know how they listen to rumour. Remember what happened in the North when they refused the polio vaccine, they suffered the aftermath of it. The military might mean well and so we should ask questions before believing anything we hear.’
Another Proprietor confirmed the NAPPS meeting today and we asked his opinion about the rumour, he said:
“there’s a lot of tension everywhere, people are scared and it’s not been long the military completed their operation python dance and left anger and confusion in the hearts of people. But why didn’t they start injecting people in the North first? That shows that they have an ulterior motive”.
On approaching some parents, one woman said
“I am not sure about the rumour circulating. Most of the people talking about it do not have any evidence of seeing the military injecting students. It’s not proper for one to talk about things that they don’t have the facts on”.
When asked about children not going to school today, she said ‘I don’t know why they told them not to come. Yesterday, they dismissed early and today, they were sent home on reaching the school.’
When our reporter approached another parent, she said that there are so many things going on in the country and so cannot say if there’s any truth about the monkey pox or not.
In her words, she said ;
“there are so many things going on in Nigeria. We don’t know who and what to believe. I don’t know what to say about that”.