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Covid-19: Abba Kyari’s Death, reality for doubting Nigerians

By Oluwaseun Sonde

As the world is in the midst of an unprecedented catastrophic crisis. Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread across countries and territories around the world, with a report of over 1,000,000 confirmed cases worldwide, more than 70,000 deaths, still some Nigerians believe it’s a scam.

Currently 54 African countries are affected with the deadly disease. As of 18 April 2020, there were 493 confirmed cases with 17 deaths across states in Nigeria. The Government of Nigeria continues to take stringent steps to contain the spread of the disease and manage confirmed cases. Testing capacity has been expanded. Currently Lagos, Ogun state and the FCT are under lockdown even as the government push harder on awareness creation among Nigerians.

Despites that some Nigerians believe Coronavirus is government’s scam to extort the country’s treasury while some communities in FCT are still going about their normal life as nothing happened without any preventive measures and unbelievers requested for the identity of confirmed cases to prove its reality.

Abba Kyari’s Death :The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, went on self-isolation following the confirmation of his COVID-19 status.There were also claims that the 82-year-old politician had died. But he cleared the air in a statement he personally signed. In the statement, Kyari said he hoped to be back on his desk soon. But unfortunately, this never happened as the death of the President’s right-hand-man was announced on Friday. As Muslim rite to be buried within 24 hours, the remains of Kyari arrived Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Saturday morning. After which funeral prayers was conducted at the Chief of Staff’s residence, Kyari’s remains were buried at Gudu Cemetery, Abuja.

This has shown as prove for those doubting Thomas that believe Covid-19 is a scam to rethink because this is reality as the deadly virus is very real and will continue to spread except we stop it.

Conclusion: As democratically elected leaders, President Muhammed Buhari made a very difficult decision to lockdown knowing fully well it will severely disrupt livelihoods and bring undue hardship to Nigerians, loved ones and communities. But such sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country and are necessary to save lives.

This deadly virus called Coronavirus (Covid-19) very is real while media houses, celebrities and other public figures are doing great work in sensitizing Nigerians on hygienic practices, social distancing and issues associated with social gatherings, even the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said large proportion of new infections are now occurring in the communities, through person-to-person contacts.

So Nigerians must pay attention to the danger of close contact between person to person. At this point, I want to remind all Nigerians to continue to take responsibility for the recommended measures to prevent transmission, including maintaining physical distancing, good personal hygiene and staying at home so that Nigerians as a whole can defeat Coronavirus or Covid-19.

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