By George Onmonya Daniel
It looks like Coronavirus is officially over in Nigeria even though officially in government circles, they still make the pandemic appear serious just to appeal to the West. People are now going about their businesses and Coronavirus has become something of the past.
In a country where about half of the population never believed that there is anything called Coronavirus or that it’s all a hoax, the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards educating people on the virus has now looked like the people who never believed in it are right about it.
From Kano to Lagos, Sokoto to Abuja, Maiduguri to Port Harcourt, and all over the nation, Coronavirus is over as far as Nigeria is concern because we are back to our normal behaviors before pandemic. Commercial vehicles are jam parked with passengers not wearing mask, people have quickly stop observing social distancing, washing their hands, using sanitizers, except in hotels and some government establishment. Even when one wears the mask to get into some places, everyone pull it off immediately they enter.
Coronavirus is no longer Nigeria’s problems. Nigerians have stopped talking about it. People who wear mask today are looked at strangely or perhaps people just assume they work in places where they are mandated to wear mask before getting into such premises.
Recently I was invited to some NGO event, even know they were sharing free masks, I noticed that no one cared to wear them. The NGO only reminded people to wear masks during photo times as they would be sending the photos to their donors who would see them as complying to the best of global Covid 19 practices and standard of doing things nowadays.
School have resumed in most states and government had earlier mandated the use of masks and guild lines for social distancing, washing of hands and all. It was all just to make it look to the outside world that the Nigeria government cares and is taking action against the spread of Covid 19. Nigeria just put up appearances for public relations stunts.
But as you and I know, Covid 19 is over and is done with in Nigeria, except something else changes, it is over.