It is quite strange how the Nigerian government suddenly becomes so protective of the citizens against death. But the puzzle is whether coronavirus related death is different from other deaths. The entire country fell into panic since the news began of the ravaging effect of the covid-19 in China, Italy and other parts of the world. Instances of this protective effort include the constant lockdown and distribution of palliatives.
There have been several causes of death in Nigeria. The Boko Haram terrorist group has killed thousands of Nigerians – civilians and military personnel. Bad roads have done theirs. Even ill equipped hospitals have their share. Of course, these are deaths that are rather masses friendly. Perhaps that is why they did not matter much. Government officials are not reached by Boko Haram, they don’t notice the bad roads as they “fly” them in their high airconditioned jeeps. They have hospital cards oversee, which is why they could be ignorant of the deplorable state of the country’s medical facility.
Come to think of it. Is this lock down actually to protect all Nigerians? It appears it is only for those same people. People are dying for covid-19 not of it. Security men have killed Nigerians while protecting them against covid-19. Please, which death is not death? What about hunger death and covid death? Decisions regarding the control of covid-19 spread are made without regard for the masses. It’s frightening; the masses may end up speaking for themselves if no one will speak for them – you understand what that means.
People in Kano are calling for help as people are dying on daily bases from an unknown cause. No lockdown for that – no palliatives. If it’s not covid-19, it is not important. In fact, it is not death.
Well, as long as decisions in this country will always favour only the well-to-do, things will never be right. Perhaps we should wish for more “covids” since it is the only thing the Nigerian government fear and respect. They don’t even fear God.