In a report by Vanguard Newspaper, Yari made this known while speaking with the State House Correspondents at the presidential Villa in Abuja after a private meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Yari said: “What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the type A virus.

"The World Health Organization, WHO, has carried out vaccinations against this type A virus not just in Zamfara, but many other states.

“However, because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.

“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,” he said.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum also said “Leaders are doing their best by enlightening the populace and working assiduously for the good of all. Your major assignment as a leader is to convey the message; you cannot go from house to House and arrest offenders for instance.”

There are reports that over 200 persons had dead while several others are receiving treatment at various hospitals and clinics.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Medical Association, Zamfara state chapter has accused the state government of not being proactive despite some warning though Gov Yari claimed otherwise.