Written by NiMechE Press

  • May 21, 2020
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Let me reiterate this,

“The foolishness of a man is a din in the eyes of the gods.” – Anonymous.

Knowing Nigeria to be in a failed state(let’s call a spade a spade), I never wondered why we have become this bad. Knowing the leadership of the country to be corrupt and inept, starting from the long silence over the insecurity and Fulani menace, to not applying their due diligence, to avoiding an appointment of the dead, not just a single time but a couple of times, nothing comes as a surprise anymore.

Abba Kyari and over about 200 Nigerians have died due to this pandemic. May their souls rest in peace, Amen. When we had the index case and the number increased to a couple of tens, I told the people on my contact list that in less than a week, the numbers will hit some 100s. I seemed to be a prophet of doom but I am not. I only chose to not live in fantasies of good heads leading the Nation. I chose to not allow myself to live in denial of reality. However, as at the time of writing this article, Nigeria has 6677 total confirmed cases, 1840 discharged and 200 dead. It is a sad situation.

They say history will be repeated if not well examined. I would like us to take a look at the decisions made be the government, not too many months ago and apparently led us to where we are now.

1- Late Closure of Borders

I have only a little knowledge of warfare but as a fan of football, I know quite well that the only option you have for a stronger enemy is putting up good defensive tactics. All we needed was to ask Mourinho to park the bus at our borders (meaning, to block the movement of people into the country).

Obviously, there could have been an order or public announcement, asking people coming into Nigeria to prepare, alongside their flight fees, the accommodation and feeding fees for 14 days, before joining the entire populace. The funny thing is, we now do that for repatriated Nigerians and Nigeria now even bears the cost. This could have been one of our defense tactics, while we keep our economy growing and intact, yet we chose to delay.

2- Lack of Communication

Action, they say, speaks louder than words. The president did not even speak, not even to talk of taking action from his speech. Whether “governotorial” or “gubernatorial” election, what happened during the last election campaigns, amidst the president’s health crisis, was that he traveled the whole country and gave speeches during those tours. Yet, the Amaechi and Femi Adeshina of today are saying the president is shy and doesn’t talk too much. I really would like to ask, who is he shy of?

He has a huge influence, as the president, on people who believed in him and voted him. This influence would have made the populace see how huge this enemy of a pandemic was at its early stages. The body language of the president went a long way (it still goes a long way). I just wish we saw what we experienced during Ruga. Maybe (just maybe), we would not be doing the wash hands, drink it challenge.

3- Disorganized Distribution of Palliatives.

Well, it has happened and it has already happened. We had to lock the nation down and have palliatives distributed, as a sort of compensation and helping people see the reason why they should stay home. It is evident that Nigeria has no dependable database. All that came from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has been a farce and all the government policies that depended on it is purely scam. Without this data, we obviously cannot make informed decisions.

They said they identified poor households and all we could see was just a couple of people, and in such a jiffy, billions of Naira disappeared! “It is finished! “, is probably a perfect statement, fit for Nigeria.

Of late, we hear that the ministry for humanitarian affairs will continue feeding primary school students at home. I never for once agreed with the national home feeding program because I did not actually see the point and feasibility in giving food to children who have no chairs, no decent classroom, no teacher, no books, no toilet and no ICT facilities in their schools. The billions of Naira spent would have improved the standard of our primary education but Aso rock knows better.

Now, they will continue the feeding while the students are at home, and I promise that just like other palliatives we will see a couple of people who will say they benefited from it and that will be all.

As for me, all I see is grand theft! I keep asking myself, is it too late to change or is this our fate?

©Yusuf Kareem

2 responses to “TOO LATE, OR NIGERIA’S FATE?”

  1. Khelz says:

    I sincerely agree with you: it is grand theft. We hear of private individuals donating money here and there, government claiming share palliatives but how many have benefitted from this farce? I tell myself daily that it’s too late for a change in this country but yet, I still hold onto this tiny thread of hope. Maybe, just maybe, a positive change might come.

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