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Reactions of Nigerians as Country manages Covid-19 pandemic

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Today the world faces a global crisis that threatens peace, hope, and freedoms. Across the globe is the climate of fear, havoc, and consequences of a new enemy as World Health Organization WHO declared Coronavirus known as COVID-19 pandemic.

In Nigeria, The virus keep rising while National Center for Disease Control NCDC  announced new fourteen (14) cases on Sunday making it tolled to One hundred and eleven (111) confirmed cases while Lagos and Abuja are leading due to late closure of  International Airports.

As the cases rises the President Muhammed Buhari announced fourteen (14) days lockdown in Federal Capital Territory FCT, Lagos and Ogun State to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contacts with confirmed cases of the virus as Nigerians clamoured that Federal Government should make food provision for the masses before  the lockdown so as to avoid hunger in the nation.

For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing while getting reactions from meaningful Nigerians on phone call on how they are managing the restriction.

Mr Sola Odunodu a Broadcaster from Ogun State, said, “All I know is that the awareness is there, People are complying with the nose-covering, and everyone is trying to avoid social gathering. So, let me say that the awareness is high”.

Mr Bolaji of Archibuilt from FCT, Abuja, said “as a matter of fact, it’s sometimes disappointing that Nigerians don’t get to follow simple instructions and take laws into their own hands, I was actually surprise to see people go to church and Muslim attended jumat prayer, if mecca and Jerusalem could shut down, then who are we not to listen?”.

Mr Temitope , an entreprenuer in Lagos state, said “I’m home eating, sleeping, getting updates about the COVID-19, doing exercise and minding my business”.

Mrs Omowunmi , a business woman in Lagos who got stranded in Ibadan, OYO STATE due to the lockdown, she said, “we are indoor as ordered, praying and taking care of the kids”.

Nigeria President, Muhammed Buhari has said that the government is taking a two step approach to this situation of coronavirus pandemic. First, to protect the lives of fellow Nigerians and residents living there and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.


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