COVID-19: Please stay at home, Buhari appeals to Nigerians -

President
Mohammadu Buhari had before today, handed down a directive requesting Ogun,
Lagos and federal capital territory to be on lockdown in other to stem the
ravaging pandemic that has been killing thousands of people all over the world.

Although
the first phase of the restriction order was initially announced on the 29th
of March 2020, the president again shocked some Nigerians in the late hours of
yesterday when he made another broadcast to the nation, announcing his decision
to extend the lockdown to another 14 days.


The president had through his media adviser, Mallam Garba Shehu said in a statement  he will be coming up with other palliatives to cushion  the effects of the
Nigeria people.

The statement put further that  President Buhari
 entreated Nigerians not to  weaver in
complying with the lockdown order which aims at allowing citizens to observe
social distancing to break the cycle of transmission of the novel virus.

According
to him, Nigerians should be patient and be determined to defeat Coronavirus
pandemic.

As
of today, Nigeria had 111 COVID-19 cases with eleven deaths, according to the
Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC); those cases were recorded in 11
states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

The virus had increased to 324 in the country after fresh 17 cases were recorded in
the country and states where fresh cases were recorded were Lagos, Katsina,
FCT, Niger, Kaduna, Anambra, and Ondo.

But
on these developments, there have been so many outcries from Nigerians over
issues   surrounding the restriction
order, the palliatives measure of the federal government and trending views on the hunger that most residences in Lagos  said
is increasingly becoming unbearable. There is also the issue surrounding the
effectiveness of the palliatives the federal government is introducing to the
inhabitants where the restrictions order is being handed down. 


Urban
express News-online sort the views some Nigerians at high, middle and low
income earners around Lagos  which
happened to be one of the states that were lockdown by president mohammadu Buhari.

A residence at park view estate, Ikoyi who spoke
pleaded on condition of anonymity told urban Express-News Online that there are
about a hundred individual Nigerians that have sent their accounts  details to his inbox and still counting for
him to send money to them.

“There
is no how a ten thousand Naira will not be sent to them, money is not coming
into the account but decreasing as a result of spending, we are not part of
those government is considering in their palliatives but the truth of the matter is that we’ve been spending and nothing is coming forth”

“To
make matter worse, the president yesterday extended the lockdown order, even if
the motive behind it is good, the methodology behind the distribution of the
palliatives must be advanced in other for even distribution at least to allow
us at this end rest”

He
said why should it be that when a government starts with giving a twenty Naira to
the poor people in Abuja is not doing much at the same time with the rest states
of Lagos and Ogun where there  is the
same restriction order hand down by the president at the same time, he asked!

“He
the virus remains deadly and at the same time, hunger can be deadlier, ‘one
must ensure those palliatives are thoroughly given fair and even consideration.

Back
in Ikeja, this time a middle-income earner who describes himself as Mrs.
Bolanle told urban Express News-online that government must take seriously
issue of hunger in the way it is taking Coronavirus pandemic.

She
said once there is no food in  the stomach,
there is nothing one can do, no movements, those that are making money on a
daily basis can’t make money due to the restriction order, and all that they
said they’ve distributed is yet to get to us at Ogba, here in Ikeja!

Many
of us that are widows should be a priority to both government at and centre but
we are yet to see what they are distributing.

Yes,
the virus is deadly, but many of our children after graduating are yet to get
employments and this had made some of them engage in daily activities in
other for them to get their daily bread, the social distancing is there but
many do not consider it just because of hunger.

Bolanle
said the government must think inward to see how hunger and the virus are
managed especially in those states where the president had pronounced a total
lockdown.

Mr.
Haruna makanjuola, a resident of Jakande estate at ipaja on his own believes
the false alarm being raised recently by some youths is nothing but hunger that
is ravaging majority of unemployed youth within the environment.

I’m
not saying the step the government is taking against this pandemic is not good
but it must as well be on a side by side basis with minimizing hunger.

He
said the pressure is on the police as they are at the receiving end, he added;
how does one expect to keep a hungry man at home without nothing? If you are
conversant with the news recently, you will see an individual Nigerian in Abuja
after he was arrested for driving against the restriction order, all he did was
stripping naked in protest, saying  he
has  no source of income and that he had
wife and children at home, this indeed is the same problem befalling many of
our inhabitants with low-income status here in jakande estate ipaja!  

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