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Outcry over COVID-19 fresh lockdown amid nationwide insecurity




The current COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Federal Authorities has continued to spark reactions from involved Nigerians and stakeholders.


The reinstatement of curfew and different restrictions throughout the nation is approaching the heels of insecurity which just lately escalated to all areas of the nation.

Banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen assaults and the actions of ‘unknown gunmen’ in each the South-East and South-South have comparatively ‘drained the glory’ of Nigeria as each civilians and safety operatives are killed helplessly.

Amid the safety disaster, the Federal Authorities on Monday introduced a recent COVID-19 restriction, hitherto imposed to curtail the unfold of the virus within the nation.

Boss Mustapha, who’s the Chairman of the Presidential Activity Drive (PTF) on COVID-19, throughout the briefing of the duty pressure in Abuja, introduced the closure of all bars, nightclubs, pubs and occasion centres, in addition to leisure centres in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

All eating places had been additionally directed to shut, besides these offering providers to lodge residents, takeaways, residence deliveries, and drive-ins.

Equally, all casual and formal festivity occasions, together with weddings, conferences, congresses, workplace events, live shows, seminars, sporting actions, finish of 12 months occasions, have been restricted to no more than 50 folks.

This, to some Nigerians, is recent nationwide lockdown which based on some, would additional worsen the already ‘depressed’ financial system.

In the meantime, some have questioned the transfer by the Federal Authorities to impose a recent lock down, citing the COVID-19 vaccination which is presently ongoing in lots of components of the nation.

Recall that Nigeria on March 1st, took supply of practically 4 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a part of an total 16 million doses deliberate to be delivered to the nation in batches inside the 12 months.

Upon arrival, samples had been handed to the Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration Management (NAFDAC) for additional examination, after which the company licensed the vaccines secure and efficient to be used, based on Nigerian’s Well being Minister, Osagie Ehanire.

The Federal Authorities subsequently commenced the COVID-19 vaccination, starting with healthcare staff who are sometimes on the danger of publicity to infections being the primary responders to sufferers.

DAILY POST studies that the vaccination train has continued throughout the nation since President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo took their jabs on March 6 on reside digicam.

Some involved Nigerians who spoke with DAILY POST correspondent lamented the brand new restriction, stressing that the Federal Authorities was anticipated to give attention to tackling the safety disaster which has claimed a number of lives in lower than three months as a substitute of recent lockdown.

An occasion supervisor within the Federal Capital Territory, Agbo Mathew Adah, mentioned the restriction would impose extra hardship on Nigerians owing to the present financial state of affairs birthed by insecurity.

“Final 12 months, there was a complete lockdown as a result of COVID-19 which held the world hostage, this 12 months, since January, it has been killings upon killings and the hardship is even worse than it was in 2020.

“So are they making an attempt to mix the 2020 predicament to what we’re already going through? I don’t assume it’s going to work.

“If the federal government care concerning the residents as they declare, they need to be extra involved about how we feed and survive within the face of this horrible hardship.

“Herdsmen have taken over farmlands and we can not afford the standard two sq. meals. Go to the market and you’ll perceive the plight of the frequent Nigerian.

A member of the Educational Workers Union of Universities, ASUU, Benue State College Chapter who most well-liked to not be talked about, informed DAILY POST that a few of the restrictions, notably the 50 individuals per gathering might not work.

“It’s higher they shut down the system as they did in 2020. You may’t introduce such restriction in a college like ours the place inhabitants is at all times a problem.

“How do you ship your lecture to a category of over 700 college students if you’re to observe such restriction? It’s virtually unattainable.

“How lots of the college students even consider within the COVID-19 tales? We pressure them most occasions to look at the protocols.

“I don’t enable anybody into my class and not using a face masks which at the least might help comprise the unfold. However inhabitants is at all times our problem.

A scholar of the College of Abuja, Mary Chukwu, mentioned the COVID-19 story “is a rip-off”.

“It’s just like the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, NCDC, has gone out of money, so they should convey again the story.

“It’s unlucky that the Federal Authorities is bringing this up right now when insecurity has taken over the nation. How many individuals have died as a result of virus since 2020 in comparison with the lives misplaced in only a few months as a result of safety disaster?

“The sooner we cease deceiving ourselves and face what’s going through us, the perfect for all Nigerians.”

In the meantime, efforts by DAILY POST correspondent to achieve officers of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, NCDC, went unsuccessful as at press time.

Nevertheless, a well being employee, Mercy Onuh who spoke with a DAILY POST correspondent from Lokoja, the Kogi State capital mentioned the brand new directive might not be unconnected to the Indian COVID-19 pressure which was just lately found in Nigeria.

DAILY POST studies that the FG just a few days in the past disclosed that the dreaded COVID-19 pressure, which is presently ravaging India, was present in Nigeria.

The pressure was reportedly detected by the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Ailments within the Redeemers College, Ede, Osun State

Talking additional, the COVID-19 frontline nurse, mentioned the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management was being proactive to make sure the brand new variant is contained.

“This Indian COVID-19 variant is appropriately coping with them there. They report no fewer than 4,000 deaths day by day.

“We wouldn’t need such ‘hell’ to befall the nation, so I applaud the NCDC for performing quick to stop this harmful illness from spreading forth.

When requested why such a response needs to be in place regardless of the vaccines accessible, she mentioned “that you’ve got been vaccinated just isn’t a assure that you just can not unfold the virus.

“Apart from, what number of Nigerians have taken the vaccines? Only a few individuals in addition to well being staff. It could be surprising to let you know that some well being staff don’t consider on this vaccine as a result of spiritual affect.”

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