COVID-19 Management: The Social Distancing Approaches of the Malign Countrymen in Abuja
The ultimate anti-government/military song done by Afrobeat Legendary Fela Kuti, “Zombie” reminds me of the Social Distancing of the Malign Countrymen in Nigeria seat of power, Abuja.
Like the song content connotes, it was a scathing attack on Nigerian
Authority referenced to the African followers who follow their leaders without arguments.
For sure, most of the “power that be” who witnessed Fela Kuti realistic approaches are still very much in the corridor of power.
Arguably, Nigerians are law-abiding citizens, they obey Government directives, laws, regulations and orders.
Precisely, on Sunday, March 29, President Muhammadu Buhari through his Nationwide broadcast ordered a total lockdown in three Cities which have become the epicenter for outbreaks of COVID-19 to curtail the spread of the killer virus.
Although the President may have principally given orders that can be defiled, Coronavirus order has more power to confine even the most powerful people to self Isolation.
World powers have offered different postulations to arrest the ravaging virus through self-isolation, washing of hands, wearing of facemask, using sanitizers and practising basic principles of self-hygiene.
Indeed, these methods are helpful if implemented with total dedication and utmost concerns.
In civilized Society, before placing such order they would have Consulted before creating some level of palliatives to wether the storm, should the need arises.
Well, since the advent of the pandemic disease as well as the first index case in Nigeria, some persons have remained, indoor and self-isolated, to enable them to withstand the precarious situation placed on them by a coronavirus.
The reality has surfaced in the process of self-isolation and total lockdown, lack of basic amenities such as Electricity, Water, Food which are inherent in our society takes the negative toll.
Billions of Money has been donated by spirited Nigerians toward halting the scourge and easing the hardship melted on its people due to the rampaging outrages of the disease.
With the huge monies available, the Government seems to be maintaining what the ordinary people now see as “Social Distancing from the Poor” who invariably have no access to the funds donated.
Social Distancing Approaches were suggested by experts to avoid contraction of the disease through close contacts.
Technically, the government who are expected to exhibits dependable depository traits have resorted to Maligning Countrymen, thereby, clogging the wheel of progress in the fight against the deadly disease.
They have carried out the “Real” Social Distancing, while Citizens have been made to suffer the cracking surge of the Pandemic.
Research conducted by Naija Center News, clearly reflects a Near No Supply of Electricity in major areas which makes water to be unavailable, bringing to fore, miserable lives and pathetic disposition.
A peep from my window into the neighbourhood clearly reflect large numbers of people struggling to get water from a man who managed to put on his Generator to power his borehole watercourse.
People openly jettisoned the set rules and principles of social distancing to fetch water, these actions could have been avoided if there was power and relief support for citizens who are now observing the sit at home mantra.
I was dazed with the actions of people. If by 21st century, Government can lockdown people without palliative resources, then it calls for serious concern.
Food is basic essential of life therefore when it’s not available the essence of life is defeated and life itself becomes meaningless and unattractive.
In a piece written by Comrade Roy Orivbabor, he emphasized that “Gradually, lockdown is now punishment in Nigeria
Yes, I totally agree with his position because the Government has often time exhibited pretentious traits in the management of our resources.
The Government has abandoned the people to their fate by strictly implementing the total lockdown without palliative resources to cope.
The number of persons in Nigeria is on daily pay job, living from hand to mouth, hobnobbing with poverty and romancing with penury.
Government at all levels must review their policies and programmes to make life meaningful at this material time.
Hunger is on the increase, poverty is escalating, hearts are panting, love is diminishing, and lockdown is now punishment if the Government refuses to come out with strong policies to tackle the ugly situation.
This is the period of reconciliation between the leaders and the led hence, the Government must show serious capacity and goodwill to rescue Nigerians.
So far, I must commend the donors for their good gesture and positive thinking to serve as a panacea but those monies (over N56 billion) must get to Nigerians directly without herculean protocol because this is an emergency situation.
Coronavirus has placed a serious burden on Nigerians and Government across the Globe, proper harnessing and adequate utilization of resources is, however, fundamental.
This is the best time to show sincere love to your friends and neighbours. Nothing is too big or too small but show love by giving, so that, this lockdown will not become a punishment for the poor.
If you’re staying at home with money, you’re in isolation, if you’re staying at home broke, you’re in quarantine, but if you’re staying at home broke and with a troublesome wife/husband, you’re in total lockdown.
It should be seen by a sane society that When you are at home without Electricity, water and food, it’s punishment and government at all levels must rise above this boredom to save a dying people blessed with abundant resources