The advent of COVID-19 disease which can be dated as far back as last quarter of the year 2019 has led to a global pandemic. Even though it started in the last quarter of 2019, it’s greatest impact on socio-economic aspect of the world was greatly felt in the year 2020.
Like every other country of the world, Nigeria was not spared from the Great pandemic which began in the country in February. But as the events of this global pandemic unfolds, there comes a question many Nigerians ask that has not yet been answered, is the COVID-19 pandemic real or just a political invention to rob the Nigeria of her resources?
Background Study on COVID-19
COVID-19 is a virus in the Coronaviridae family also known as Coronavirus – a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), (openwho.org) – in the order Nidovirales.
According to sciencedirect.com, COVID-19 is a highly transmittable and pathogenic virus cause by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which was discovered in the centerpiece of Chinese economy, Wuhan, China in the last quarter of 2019 and has since traveled over the globe, infecting over 28.5 million people in 188 countries and territories, with nearly 916,000 deaths, as reported by Aljazeera.
A research by sciencedirect.com revealed that the virus is thought to be active on animal host until 2002 in Guangdong, China where the world experienced a severe acute respiratory syndrome caused by SARS-CoV.
The virus in 2019 infected over seventy thousand (70,000) individuals and killed more than one thousand, eight hundred (1,800) people within the first fifty (50) days of the pandemic. (sciencedirect.com).
The name COVID-19 was given by The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), which according to the same ICTV, is caused by the virus known as SARS-CoV-2.
COVID-19 in Nigeria: A Real Pandemic or False Declaration?
Having stated these facts about the emergence of the Coronavirus disease, some parts of the world today is lost as to if the pandemic was really caused by a real virus or a fictitious innovation of the political leaders.
The brief analysis above showed that the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing short of truth as it is a global pandemic, but in the height of this pandemic, it becomes almost impossible to believe if the information released by the Nigerian government is true or manipulations to prolong the pandemic and enrich themselves.
In Nigeria, the emergence of false information has thrown the citizens into confusion as to what to believe to be the truth, and as a wise man once said, “how does one come to know the unknowable?”
Connecting the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with the unfaithful tyrants holding the political offices in the country, it becomes a point of confusion and a hard-to-believe truth that COVID-19 pandemic is truly in Nigeria.
Some Known Facts About the Emergence of COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria.
– The first confirmed case in Nigeria was announced on the 27th February 2020, when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive of the virus.
– On 9th of March 2020, a second case of the virus was reported in Ewekoro, Ogun State, it is the case of a Nigerian citizen who had contact with the Italian citizen.
– On March 23, 2020 Nigeria according to her center for diseases control, NCDC, recorded the first death, which was the death of a former managing director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Sulaiman Achimugu.
– The death of the former chief of staff to President Mohammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari on 17th of April, 2020 was the first notable death recorded caused by the COVID-19, even though they wished to shield the truth.
– On June 25, 2020 a former governor of Oyo State and southwest chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) died of the same COVID-19.
Since after and before the dead of Ajimobi, many other deaths has been recorded of which are both of impact on Nigeria (well known individuals) and without impact on the country.
Confusion is birthed by misinformation which leads to controversies, this is just the case as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned in Nigeria.
The faulty leadership system who pride in misinforming Nigerians, lack of transparency, selfishness and greed has implanted doubt in the minds of Nigerians and this makes even the slightest elements of truth appear as lie.
Nigerians become moved only by evidences forgetting that even sights can be deceitful, and when this was realized by the activities of people in isolation centers who are supposed to be down with the symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2, there comes a fresh emergence of doubts and questions of the genuineness of the pandemic is raised again.
Also, the gimmick game of our leaders announcing themselves positive and coming out after a week to be negative again, to achieve only God knows, does not help the matter.
In light of this, the truth still remains that the COVID-19 pandemic, whether we chose to believe it or not, is real and has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Regardless of the doubts in the hearts of Nigerians, the bitter truth still remains that the COVID-19 pandemic is existing and has killed hundreds of thousands of people, either close to us or are unrelated to us from Adam and Eve.
It is however a point of necessity to always have that consciousness inscribed in our subconscious minds and to always abide by the preventive measure in curbing the spread of the respiratory virus. It is easier to subscribe to the idea that the pandemic is a political innovation to dupe and loot the country, but health wise, it is important to adhere to those laid down guidelines as you don’t know who might have it.