2020 was a year of mixed feelings, as it was by the special grace of God that most of us survived. The year registered a lot of firsts, amongst these firsts were;
- Worship houses were closed for more than 5months all over Nigeria, but markets were open,
- Every country registered deaths caused by the dreaded Covid-19 virus,
- International flights were banned,
- World economy suffered huge set back,
- Inter-state borders were blocked,
- Nigerian youths stood up as one to fight for a course, a struggle that was later marred by violence,
- Palliatives that was supposed to be given to citizens was hoarded by our leaders,
- There was serious hunger crisis in our darling country,
- Fight against Covid-19 became the new oil well through which our corrupt leaders enriched themselves at the expense of the citizens, etc.
Despite all of these events and many more, we are now here in 2021. For how long would we as Nigerians sit and watch the government deceive us. Just as the year 2020 was coming to an end, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) came out to say that Nigerian should link their National Identification Numbers (NIN) to their phone numbers or risk being disconnected; all these coming in the aftermath of a reported increase in the Covid-19 cases in Nigeria! Does this show any sense of responsibility? The expected result, which later became obvious, was the overcrowding of the NIMC offices all over the country, which as well became an avenue for spreading the virus. Now, reports NIMC staffs have gone on strike, as reports reaching me suggests that some of them have already contracted the virus. What a shame! Couldn’t the NCC have waited for a better time for the implementation of this policy, which I’m sorry has now become obnoxious?.
Amidst all the Covid-19 battles in Nigeria, as a way of curbing the spread of this virus, attendance at worship houses were reduced to the nearest minimum all in the guise of control/prevention protocol. School resumption are as well are being reviewed; in fact there is the rumor of a looming lock down. With all these that have been put in place, the government didn’t see the actions of the NCC to be in contradiction of the Covid-19 protocol.
There is also the problem of the new variant of Covid-19, which is said to be even deadlier than the initial one. Countries like Britain (UK at large), USA, Canada, India, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Italy etc; have all registered this new variant of the virus. If our government truly cares about the well being of Nigerians like they claim to, they would as a matter of urgency ban flights coming in from these countries; but no, they are rather more interested in making the lives of Nigerians even more difficult. It is high time we begin to hold our leaders responsible, they come from families and what they do is what we have for so long allowed and tolerated; if we say “NO” to their nonsense, they will have no choice but to do the right thing. If I may add, no matter the amount of money they bribe you with, it doesn’t make a wrong thing right; money we came to meet, and money will still remain even after we have departed this world, so what is the use? For a greater and better Nigeria, it begins with You and Me.