° Nigeria in serous trouble – Activist
Following the discoveries that renowned politicians, Celebrities, families, and friends are testing positive to Covid-19, palpable fears have gripped Nigerians. The latest shocking news was that of celebrity chef, Chioma Avril Rowland, fiancée of singer, Davido, who tested positive for Coronavirus.
Davido had announced it on his Instagram page on Friday that Chioma is positive:
” My fiancée Chioma, also came back from London recently with our baby. We had no symptoms and still feel fine but because of our travel history, we decided to take ourselves and all we’ve come in contact with recently for the COVID-19 test. Unfortunately, my fiancée’s test came back positive…,”.
Also, the discovery that one of those who attended the recent Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards ( AMVCA) organised recently in Lagos tested positive to the disease caused a lot of panics. Before now, some prominent politicians including Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, some governors, Senators, House of Representatives members, their aides and families tested positive to Covid-19 19 is another pointer that Nigeria is in trouble.
It was also discovered that some Immigration officers and that of other allied agencies who interacted with the carriers of Covid-19 while returning to the country may be infected with the disease.
An investigation by Cornerstone news has shown that many people, including entertainment reporters who interacted with some of the celebrities, may also be infected.
It was gathered that Media companies have since sent home some of their entertainment reporters for fear of infecting other staff.
A staff of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Cornerstone news that:” We are in deep trouble, because of corruption. The government caused this problem. Just because of their children, wives and friends who were on foreign trips had not returned to Nigeria, they refused to shut down airports. They have brought the disease, we are overpopulated and live in densely populated areas. The recent event organized Award organised by AMVCA for celebrities also complicated the issue. Many people who attended the event would have contacted the disease.
” The bad news is that we lack testing kits, so how do we know who has it? Again Nigerians are hiding their health status. More so, so many Nigerians don’t even believe that the disease exists. So many others who believe that it exists are treating it with African cabbala. There is no way we can know the statistics. The only way should have been for people to sit at home, but it is not possible for now, because of hunger. People work hands to mouths and people are visiting relatives and friends looking for what to eat. We are in for trouble. For now, we have 85 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria. By today, the numbers would have swelled”.
An activist, Michael Uzodinma ,who just returned from Ghana , told our correspondent that :
” I saw Immigration Officers collecting bribes from our big men, who were pleading that their children and wives should not be tested and I also saw officials from the Quarantine Agency, also collecting bribes. This disease has exposed Nigerians, even in the midst of the disease-causing the global threat, our politicians were playing selfish politics with it while the government officials that were supposed to protect us are busy collecting bribes. Then our Policemen who are enforcing the laws on social gathering and restrictions, how equipped are they, I don’t see them kitting up as I saw in other countries. Our policemen are exposed to serious danger. Again our people are still gathering everywhere, especially on ATM stands. What a country? I am calling on the government to fish out the Immigration officers and that of other allied agencies who connived to collect bribes and allow Nigeria to be in danger .”