Year 2020! Phew! What is it with all the drama with Coronavirus? It seems like anything bad that wants to happen has happened. Just like the recent fire incident at Abule Ado, Festac. That one alone is enough to cancel this year and start afresh.
Have you seen the videos from that incident? Or the pictures from after it? It is so heart-breaking. My prayers are with the victims of that explosion. I hope they find consolation.
I also hope that this Coronavirus or Wuhan Virus (Covid-19) that is turning the world upside down; gets a solution as quickly as possible. The world has paused because nobody was ready for this wahala. Nobody even fully understands it. We are just seeing deaths and new cases reported daily.
In Nigeria, the Disease Control Agency has reported about eight cases of the coronavirus and zero deaths, thank goodness. We are fighting to stop the virus from coming in. But I think the bigger challenge is managing its spread.
In Europe, public gatherings have been cancelled and people have been asked to stay in their houses. The United States of America is also advising something they call social distancing.
Social distancing is basically putting a gap of at least six feet between yourself and another person. This is supposed to reduce the risk of spreading air droplets that might be carrying the virus.
So, the gist is that you should either stay in your house at all times; and if you need to come out at all, put at least six feet between yourself and any other person. This makes sense.
But would it make sense in Lagos?
In this overcrowded place where jumping Danfo and rubbing body parts at Balogun Market is a normal thing? Don’t forget the weekly Owambes. At the mention of party Jollof, every knee (or coronavirus) shall bow, abi? How will anybody even explain the concept to people living in the rural areas of Lagos? Those villages near Ijebu Ode and the likes?
Well, we responded well to Ebola. But that was probably because that virus was killing without fear or favour. But you see this Coronavirus, it is like boju boju. We don’t understand what the thing has in mind. Also, stubbornness will not allow us to admit that it can finish one community. You know we have African blood in us.
This refusal to believe that this coronavirus is a problem is what I think is our biggest issue. And even when common sense takes over and we start to take serious precautions; who will stop the Pastors and Prophets that are busy giving people false hope?
God is good. all the time. But God rewards the ploughed field with abundant rain for a fruitful harvest. Taking precautions should come first before prayers!
This should be the message. Not that coronavirus won’t come near your home only based on your belief in God.
Folks, always wash your hands, food and cook your meat properly to stay safe. Follow all the precautionary measures advised by health experts.
While you do this, pray for yourself and for the world so that 2020 can reset.