So far, 2020 brings three major things to mind; the Coronavirus, rape allegations and those new codes and regulations soon to be imposed on businesses by the Government.
All unpleasant things by every measure possible.
The virus we did not cause for ourselves ravaging through our country’s population at an alarming rate. A violent crime against women as old as time yet hidden under the covers – pun intended; which we have only chosen now to fight against in solidarity. And an unamusing show of governance by our country’s ruling few; all in a grasping attempt to make whatever sense there might be of the Nigerian economy.
These are three highlights that have marked the first half of 2020.
I try to watch the news on television. Then I view what’s going on in Nigeria through my little window on social media. But all I see is a people letting go of what should really matter.
There is a fight quite alright in 2020. We are at war even. But that fight right now shouldn’t have anything to do with the obvious racism in the West. How many Nigerians will ever step foot outside Nigeria till they die? We need to get our priorities in order and focus on regaining our lives.
Nigeria is nearing a fifteen thousand mark for the total number of infected persons with almost 400 reported deaths. However, we have tested less than half of the population of one Lagos community. We have also witnessed the confusing actions of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Further, we have seen our own Drug and Food Administration Control Agency (NAFDAC) take a stand of its own; to search for a vaccine that may never come.
Yet, we still allow ourselves to be pawns in these Western games in 2020.
Racism is a prevalent social illness in countries like America. Also, it is highly debatable that an elongated period of mass protests is likely to put an end to it. Neither will it change the rape culture in Nigeria.
This is not letting go of the fact that wheels have definitely been put in motion as a result of the radical mass action. But it all seems like ‘pawnish’ behaviour to me. Like a group of people tired of being idle after being in lockdown for so long; looking for a chance to be wild again.
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We may not be obligated to do anything drastic like force a legislative action. But we owe it to ourselves, to be honest. Our dead (both human and financial) will not rise to life once the protests end and the hashtags stop trending.
It is best to focus on what is important for ourselves and our people.