ONDO, BORNO, six Oth­ers re­ject home Treat­ment for covid-19 Pa­tients

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Amid the ris­ing num­ber of cases and the re­fusal of some per­sons who test pos­i­tive for COVID-19 to go to iso­la­tion cen­tres, many states have said they will con­tinue to treat the in­fected pa­tients at iso­la­tion cen­tres rather than re­sort to home treat­ment op­tion.

They noted that get­ting per­sons who had tested pos­i­tive for the virus to the iso­la­tion cen­tres re­mained one of their strate­gies to con­tain the spread of the deadly virus.

Lagos State had on Thurs­day said it was con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing home treat­ment op­tion for pa­tients with mild symp­toms, not­ing that it would soon re­lease the guide­lines for the treat­ment op­tion.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Health, Prof Akin Abay­omi, said the de­ci­sion to con­sider home treat­ment for some COVID-19 pa­tients be­came nec­es­sary be­cause some res­i­dents who tested pos­i­tive for the COVID-19 re­fused to go to the state iso­la­tion cen­tres and had been prac­tis­ing self-treat­ment in var­i­ous places.

He said, “There are peo­ple who are al­ready prac­tis­ing self/home iso­la­tion on their own, be­cause we can’t find them. The (phone) num­bers they give us may be false or they don’t an­swer their calls. When you go out to pick them at their res­i­dences, they would have ab­sconded from their res­i­dences. So, they are iso­lat­ing them­selves in dif­fer­ent places.

“in ef­fect, the con­cept of home-iso­la­tion is be­ing prac­tised by many Nige­ri­ans even though it is not yet a state or na­tional prac­tice.

“The peo­ple of Lagos are prac­tis­ing home iso­la­tion which is one of the rea­sons why we as the gov­ern­ment are try­ing to tran­si­tion to home care be­cause it is hap­pen­ing any­way, so we might as well reg­u­larise it and make it an of­fi­cial op­tion.”

The com­mis­sioner said the state iso­la­tion cen­tres were filled to 60 per cent ca­pac­ity, adding that the cen­tres had yet to fill up be­cause as pa­tients were be­ing ad­mit­ted, some were be­ing dis­charged.

There were 245 new cases on Fri­day, push­ing the to­tal cases to 7,261, with 10 new deaths and 100 new per­sons dis­charged.

But in sep­a­rate in­ter­views with our cor­re­spon­dents on Fri­day, some states said they were not con­sid­er­ing the op­tion and they would rather make use of the iso­la­tion cen­tres.

in Kwara State, the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­rah­man Ab­dul­razaq and spokesper­son for the state COVID-19 Tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee, Rafiu Ajakaye, said the state gov­ern­ment was not think­ing of treat­ing pa­tients at home as it had suf­fi­cient bed spa­ces in its iso­la­tion cen­tres.

He said apart from the 600bed space at the mus­lim Pil­grim Camp, an­other iso­la­tion cen­tre had been es­tab­lished at the state Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Offa.

He said, “The pos­si­bil­ity of treat­ing COVID-19 pa­tients at home does not arise in Kwara State at the mo­ment and cer­tainly not any­time soon. This is be­cause the oc­cu­pied spa­ces at the state’s iso­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties are not even two per cent.

“The fo­cus of the ad­min­is­tra­tion is to con­tinue to flat­ten the curve of in­fec­tion, in­clud­ing pre­vent­ing com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion of the virus, so that we never have to ex­haust our bed spa­ces.”

Kwara State, as of Fri­day morn­ing had 66 con­firmed cases with 25 dis­charged and one death, while the re­sults of 96 sam­ples were be­ing awaited.

in Katsina State, the state gov­ern­ment also said it was not think­ing of treat­ing COVID-19 pa­tients at home, adding that it cur­rently had enough bed spa­ces in its iso­la­tion cen­tres.

The state Com­mis­sioner for in­for­ma­tion and chair­man of the COVID-19 En­light­en­ment com­mit­tee, Sirika Ab­dul­lahi, said, “No, we are not think­ing of man­ag­ing pa­tients with COVID-19 at home. Our fa­cil­i­ties can take care of them. We ap­peal to our peo­ple to shun large crowds, main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing, al­ways wear face masks and en­sure they fre­quently wash their hands with soap.”

Katsina has recorded 12 deaths from COVID-19 while the state now has over 300 cases of the pan­demic.

Also in Ondo State, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, dr Wa­hab Adeg­benro, said the state had enough fa­cil­i­ties to ac­com­mo­date all its con­firmed cases.

He added, “We al­ready have a 300- bed ca­pac­ity iso­la­tion cen­tre, but we cur­rently have 22 cases. One is dead and 15 have been dis­charged while we have six left in the iso­la­tion cen­tre. So, treat­ment of pa­tients at home is out of it and we are not pray­ing for that to hap­pen.”

in Borno State, the Com­mis­sioner for in­for­ma­tion, mal­lam Babakura Abba-jatto, said it was not con­sid­er­ing home treat­ment for COVID-19 pa­tients so as not to take chances with the health of the peo­ple of the state.

He added, “For now, we have not reached that stage. The two cen­tres in maid­uguri have yet to be full. We are not tak­ing any chances.”

Also, the state deputy Gov­er­nor, Us­man Kada­fur, in a terse re­sponse to one of our cor­re­spon­dents en­quiry, said the state had yet to reach the stage Lagos State was in.

in Gombe State, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, dr Ahmed Gana, said the state was not con­sid­er­ing home treat­ment at the mo­ment un­less there was an ex­po­nen­tial in­crease in the num­ber of cases. He noted that there were few cases in iso­la­tion cen­tres and that over 91 had so far been dis­charged.

He said, “We are not con­tem­plat­ing home iso­la­tion at the mo­ment be­cause of the high ten­dency of non-com­pli­ance with the re­quire­ments by most peo­ple. How­ever, this may change if there is an ex­po­nen­tial es­ca­la­tion of the cases be­yond the planned ca­pac­ity.”

in Edo State, the Spe­cial

Ad­viser to Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki on me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Strat­egy, mr Cru­soe Osagie, said the state had no plan to treat mild cases of the novel virus at home be­cause the iso­la­tion cen­tres in the state could con­tain all its COVID-19 pa­tients.

He said, “We are still able to ac­com­mo­date most of our pos­i­tive cases in the iso­la­tion cen­tres that we have. We have a rel­a­tively large num­ber of iso­la­tion wards rel­a­tive to the num­ber of pa­tients we have. in Edo, our pa­tients are still less than 150 at the mo­ment and the iso­la­tion spa­ces we have are slightly above 500, which means we can com­fort­ably ad­mit at least 500 at a time in our iso­la­tion cen­tres.”

He added that the state had hold­ing cen­tres for those with se­vere symp­toms.

in Ek­iti State, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, dr Mo­jisola Yaya-ko­lade, said on Fri­day that the state had not recorded any up­surge in COVID-19 cases that would war­rant the adop­tion of home treat­ment op­tion.

She stated that the state had so far recorded 20 ac­tive cases and only two fa­tal­i­ties, not­ing that the only chal­lenge the state was fac­ing had to do with peo­ple sneak­ing into the state.

She added, “As of now, we have four pa­tients in our iso­la­tion cen­tre and we have a 120-bed iso­la­tion cen­tre in op­er­a­tion, so we have no com­pelling sit­u­a­tion to start iso­lat­ing sus­pected COVID-19 pa­tients or those with mild symp­toms at home.”

She said their find­ings had es­tab­lished that the pa­tient who died in the state on Wed­nes­day was not in­fected in the state but in Kwara State where she came from.

in Sokoto State, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, dr mo­hammed in­name, said he would only speak at the next brief­ing of the state task force, but a mem­ber of the task force told one of our cor­re­spon­dents on con­di­tion of anonymity that the state was not con­sid­er­ing it.

“Our case has not got to that level and we are nowhere near the ca­pac­ity of our iso­la­tion cen­tres to be con­sid­er­ing man­ag­ing cases at home,” the source added.

mean­while, some states have said they are not averse to home treat­ment for pa­tients with mild symp­toms.

in Ogun State, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, dr Tomi Coker, said the state had al­ready com­menced home treat­ment for COVID-19 pa­tients. This, she said, was to stop peo­ple who test pos­i­tive from ab­scond­ing owing to stig­ma­ti­sa­tion and not be­cause of bed space short­age.

in an in­ter­view with one of our cor­re­spon­dents, she, how­ever, cau­tioned that the move was not to en­cour­age pa­tients to shun iso­la­tion cen­tres.

She said, “Ogun State has started that al­ready. We should, how­ever, be care­ful about it. We are not say­ing go­ing to the iso­la­tion cen­tre is op­tional. i’m not en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to stay at home, but if some­one who tests pos­i­tive in­sists they are not com­ing in, we just have to go to them and treat them so they don’t spread the virus.

“We have enough beds to treat peo­ple and with the op­tion of home treat­ment, we will never run out of beds. many peo­ple might run away af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive, so rather than run away, we treat them at home.”

in Osun State, the Com­mis­sioner for Health, dr Rafiu Isamotu, said in ad­vanced coun­tries, only se­vere cases were treated in hos­pi­tals as he ex­pressed hope that the state would not get to the stage of con­sid­er­ing home treat­ment.

“We hope we won’t have rea­sons to con­sider house treat­ment in our state. Lagos may not have other op­tions, be­cause of the fast rate at which the disease is spread­ing,” isamotu said.

in Kano State, the Co­or­di­na­tor of the Task Force Com­mit­tee on COVID-19, dr Ti­j­jani Hu­sain, said the state was look­ing crit­i­cally at the na­tional guide­lines for home treat­ment be­fore it would con­sider it.

“We are crit­i­cally look­ing at the guide­lines to see the pos­si­bil­ity of treat­ing the pa­tients at home be­cause each state has the lib­erty to im­ple­ment the guide­lines,” he added.

He how­ever de­clined to state whether the state was fac­ing a short­age of bed space.

The di­rec­tor, in­fec­tions Con­trol, Aminu Kano Teach­ing Hospi­tal and Chair­man, Risk Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mit­tee on COVID-19, Prof isah Abubakar, said re­cently that the state was tar­get­ing at least 5,000-bed spa­ces.

“in the next one month, Kano is tar­get­ing 5, 000 or more beds to be pro­vided at iso­la­tion cen­tres in view of the in­creas­ing num­ber of COVID-19 cases in Kano State,” he added.

in Oyo State, the in­ci­dents man­ager for COVID-19, dr Ola­bode Ladi­ipo, said the state task force would re­view the pro­to­col for treat­ment of pa­tients who test pos­i­tive for the virus in view of the grow­ing num­ber of cases.

He said, “We are re­view­ing our pro­to­col for ad­mis­sion now. We are look­ing at the sit­u­a­tion in which we might have to check whether some­one is symp­to­matic or not. if there are no symp­toms and we look at the re­sult and the vi­ral load is not heavy, we can con­sider their home sta­tus if they have an ideal home for iso­la­tion. Then, we might be con­sid­er­ing self­iso­la­tion.”

Ladi­ipo said con­tact trac­ing in the com­pany where many staff mem­bers tested pos­i­tive was on­go­ing, adding that the state was look­ing at the pur­chase of more test­ing kits and reagents owing to in­crease in cases.

mean­while, the direc­tor­gen­eral, Nige­ria Cen­tre for disease Con­trol, dr Chike ihek­weazu, had ex­plained why the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on COVID-19 could not go ahead with home treat­ment of COVID-19 pa­tients it once pro­posed.

He said, “We have strug­gled with these de­ci­sions in Nige­ria be­cause we are strug­gling with the re­al­i­ties of where we live and the con­texts that we live in. We want to pre­vent trans­mis­sion; there­fore we want to in­sti­tu­tion­alise the treat­ment of ev­ery­one.

“We recog­nise that the cir­cum­stances that many Nige­ri­ans live in make home iso­la­tion dif­fi­cult and some­times an im­pos­si­ble op­tion for many peo­ple who live in very tight ac­com­mo­da­tion in fam­ily groups and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Sanwo-olu to meet PTF, seeks re­sump­tion of LagosAbuja flights

The Gov­er­nor of Lagos State, Mr Baba­jide Sanwo-olu, has said the state gov­ern­ment is try­ing to get the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on COVID-19 to al­low flights from Lagos to Abuja to op­er­ate, fol­low­ing the in­creas­ing im­pact of the clo­sure of the air­ports on the state’s econ­omy.

The gov­er­nor lamented that the avi­a­tion in­dus­try as well as the en­ter­tain­ment, hos­pi­tal­ity and trans­porta­tion sec­tors had been “sig­nif­i­cantly” af­fected by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment on march 23 shut all in­ter­na­tional air­ports in the coun­try be­fore it later ex­tended the clo­sure to all air­ports in the coun­try, ban­ning all lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional flights.

Sanwo-olu spoke as a pan­el­list at a we­bi­nar hosted by FSDH mer­chant Bank on Fri­day. The we­bi­nar, ti­tled, ‘A global pan­demic: lo­cal re­al­i­ties and pe­cu­liar­i­ties – a view from the front­lines’, was an­chored by the Chair­man, FSDH Hold­ing Com­pany, mr Ha­keem Beloosagie, and the bank’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, mrs Hamda Am­bah.

Other pan­el­lists in­cluded the Gov­er­nor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-ru­fai; his Edo State coun­ter­part, God­win Obaseki; Se­nior lec­turer and con­sul­tant, Lagos Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal, dr Alero Ann Roberts; di­rec­tor, Cen­tre for in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment, Har­vard Univer­sity, Prof Asim Ijaz Kh­waja, and As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Har­vard Busi­ness School, dr Jaya Wen.

The gov­er­nor said, “in terms of di­rect econ­omy, i know that the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try has been af­fected badly. i know the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try has been af­fected greatly, es­pe­cially as peo­ple could not go out. it af­fected those sec­tors badly. Trans­porta­tion busi­ness and the avi­a­tion sec­tor have been af­fected sig­nif­i­cantly and these are large em­ploy­ers of labour. We all know that Nol­ly­wood em­ploys many peo­ple, so we are think­ing through how to re­set these economies very quickly, but in a very grad­ual man­ner.

“So, the avi­a­tion in­dus­try has been badly hit and just this (Fri­day) morn­ing, i spoke with a ma­jor player in that in­dus­try and we are try­ing to get the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on COVID-19 to see whether we are go­ing to re­sume Lagos–abuja flights be­fore we get to other sec­tors. There has to be some grad­ual process in lift­ing the lock­down.

“We will con­tinue to have en­gage­ments with all of the play­ers down the value chain. At the right time when we see that the t’s have been crossed and the i’s have been dot­ted, we will do that and you can hold us to that.”

mean­while, El-ru­fai ex­plained that he had had to de­ploy se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to over­see the bor­ders to en­sure the en­force­ment of the in­ter­state lock­down im­posed by the Nige­ria Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum and up­held by the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.).

The gov­er­nor said, “Vir­tu­ally all of our cases came from Lagos or Abuja and in the last cou­ple of weeks, most of the in­fec­tions we had ac­tu­ally came from Kano. We just had a case in which one per­son that came from Kano in­fected 10 of his fam­ily mem­bers and that has some con­se­quence on the en­tire com­mu­nity.

“So, re­duc­ing trav­els through ad­vo­ca­cies, polic­ing bor­ders and en­force­ment has been a chal­lenge. The se­cu­rity agen­cies have been com­pro­mis­ing and we have had to de­ploy se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials; our com­mis­sion­ers and per­ma­nent sec­re­taries now po­lice our bor­ders be­cause the po­lice just col­lect money and al­low peo­ple to pass, which has been a ma­jor prob­lem.”

in his con­tri­bu­tion, Obaseki noted that the COVID-19 pan­demic had ex­posed the in­ad­e­qua­cies in the Nige­rian sys­tem, not­ing that his state had also felt the im­pact of the largely crit­i­cised en­force­ment of the in­ter­state lock­down by se­cu­rity agen­cies.

The gov­er­nor said, “Edo State be­ing a trans­porta­tion hub that essential goods and ser­vices have to go through, we feel the full brunt of the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents on the high­ways lead­ing to our state and it is an is­sue that has been with us for a while.

Edo dis­charges four pa­tients, records 25 cases, one death

The Edo State Gov­ern­ment also an­nounced on Fri­day that four more pa­tients were dis­charged af­ter test­ing neg­a­tive for the virus.

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Tourism in Por­tu­gal has been cruis­ing on a wave of suc­cess and de­spite its pop­u­lar­ity it con­tin­ues to be one of the best value des­ti­na­tions.

It has it all—a rich his­tory, in­no­va­tive art, stun­ning views and su­per friendly, laid-back lo­cals. Vis­it­ing has also be­come eas­ier since TAP Por­tu­gal, the coun­try’s main air­line, has in­creased their stopover pro­gramme to five days.

Start the year off right by wak­ing up in Madeira. This sub­trop­i­cal is­land sys­tem has be­come one of the trendi­est des­ti­na­tions in Por­tu­gal for hik­ing, spend­ing warm days by the sea­side as a win­ter sun re­treat, and eat­ing ex­otic food, plus, the cap­i­tal Fun­chal of­fers one of the best New Year’s Eve par­ties in the world. You’ll get the fes­tive feel, with­out the cold weather of home. If you can’t head over for New Year’s, no prob­lem; vis­it­ing the main is­land and smaller, ad­ja­cent is­lands is al­ways a good plan and Porto Santo is where beach en­thu­si­asts will find one of the most beau­ti­ful stretches of sand in Por­tu­gal. Other land­marks in Madeira and the smaller is­lands in­clude the house that once be­longed to Christo­pher Colum­bus, the Cris­tiano Ron­aldo Mu­seum, called Museu CR7, and the Madeira Wine Mu­seum.

Don’t miss Por­tu­gal’s sec­ond largest city. It may seem a lot like the cap­i­tal since both are char­ac­terised by old, colour­ful build­ings sprawled across hilly streets and they sit be­side ma­jor rivers, but Porto is the yin to Lis­bon’s yang. Where Lis­bon is lit­er­ally bright and sunny, Porto shines with cul­ture. Any­one who loves Por­tu­gal’s azule­jos tiles shouldn’t miss the São Bento rail­way sta­tion, which of­fers a stun­ning mo­saic of tiles, trans­form­ing the walls into mem­o­rable works of art. There is no short­age of gar­dens, me­dieval palaces, and cathe­drals, and the cui­sine is of­ten re­ferred to as the best in the coun­try. Known for its fa­mous Port wine, Porto’s stretches of vine­yards make up most of the nearby Douro Val­ley.

The cap­i­tal con­tin­ues to sit at the top of travel itin­er­ar­ies, and vis­i­tors usu­ally can’t wait to sink their teeth into au­then­tic pasteis de nata, try one of the many ba­cal­hau dishes, and ex­plore the Por­tuguese calçadas (tra­di­tional mo­saic walk­ways). De­spite the boom in tourism, this con­tin­ues to be a city that can be ex­plored on a bud­get and is still one of the most tran­quil and af­ford­able cap­i­tals in Europe. Vis­i­tors can an­tic­i­pate wind­ing, nar­row roads, and phe­nom­e­nal look­out points; walk­ing around at night is also a treat. In Alfama, mouth­wa­ter­ing aro­mas and wist­ful melodies (known as fado) drift from cozy restau­rants that line the nar­row, cob­ble­stone labyrinth of streets. Don’t miss Chi­ado, the trendy district with the old­est book­store in the world, or boho-chic Bairro Alto, which comes alive at night. Great weather and plenty of sun­light means there’s never a bad time to visit Lis­bon.

Surf­ing is one of the main at­trac­tions in Por­tu­gal, and Eri­ceira is a small fish­ing vil­lage with a big rep­u­ta­tion for catch­ing waves. It’s also easy to get to from Lis­bon, and while it’s not the clos­est beach town to the cap­i­tal, it is one of the busiest. How­ever, sit­ting along the cliffs that fringe the coast and watch­ing surfers (or surf­ing your­self) isn’t the only thing to do here; Eri­ceira’s restau­rants are among the top spots for in­dulging in fresh, de­li­cious Por­tugese seafood.

Al­garve is one of the best places to go to mix warm weather, hik­ing ex­pe­di­tions, trendy beaches, and even trendier so­cial scenes. Each of the ma­jor cities is worth vis­it­ing—in­clud­ing Al­bufeira, Lagos, Vil­am­oura and Por­timão—and a week­end away may con­vince any­one that heaven ex­ists here on earth. Tiny trea­sure troves of jewel-bright wa­ters and mes­meris­ing cliffs—like Camilo Beach in Lagos—are sprin­kled across the re­gion, and don’t worry about not speak­ing Por­tuguese if you need di­rec­tions. Many neigh­bour­hoods in the Al­garve (if not most), are more Eng­lish-speak­ing than Por­tuguese these days, es­pe­cially around Al­bufeira and Vil­am­oura. Any­one want­ing to break away from the Por­tugese tourist crowds, how­ever, still has plenty of places to visit—a few of the most tran­quil towns are Sa­gres, Tavira, and Al­jezur.

If you want to laugh your heart out in this COVID-19 era, you don’t need to go far. Nige­ria pro­vides the best place for such com­edy es­pe­cially dur­ing this pe­riod. From the stick-wield­ing com­man­der look­ing for lock­down vi­o­la­tors to ridicu­lous pal­lia­tives meant to show off in­stead of gen­uine care for the vul­ner­a­ble, you can’t but imag­ine what ails us as na­tion.

Need Eaves­drop­per re­mind you of the cases of some sus­pected COVID-19 vic­tims who fled iso­la­tion cen­tres. Those ones, Eaves­drop­per gath­ered, ran as if they were com­pet­ing for a marathon. Don’t say you didn’t hear about the ones kept in iso­la­tion who protested against their treat­ment at the cen­tres. You go laugh tire na no be naija you dey.

To the ma­jor is­sue of the day, you can’t say you weren’t aware of the noise over the com­ing of some Chi­nese. The news gen­er­ated so much heat to the ex­tent that the na­tion’s med­i­cal body even kicked against such visit as Nige­ria bat­tles the virus. Ev­ery­one go wan show colour na.

Eaves­drop­per re­calls that even their ar­rival elicited a some­what red car­pet re­cep­tion with some top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at the fore­front of the fight against COVID-19 meet­ing them at the air­port. There were dis­cus­sions by peo­ple about the visit, won­der­ing what the visit would be all about. Some­one even whis­pered to Eaves­drop­per be­fore their ar­rival that they would do won­ders for the coro­n­avirus vic­tims upon their ar­rival.

The photos of their line-up were so pop­u­lar that ev­ery­one seemed to re­mem­ber them. But trust Nige­ria, few days af­ter their days in quar­an­tine ended, the story started chang­ing. The story was so funny that Eaves­drop­per needed to dou­ble-check if the vis­i­tors ar­rived in the coun­try at all. Yes of course es­pe­cially as the story was as con­fus­ing as their nar­ra­tion. Peo­ple started ask­ing ques­tions and the re­sponses were as ab­surd as they were sur­pris­ing. Many were shocked when they heard that they weren’t guests of a par­tic­u­lar min­istry but of a Chi­nese firm han­dling projects in the coun­try.

Re­ally? You never sabi any­thing! If they were in­vited by the firm in the first place, why make it a na­tional af­fair with de­fences of their visit even be­fore ar­rival? You sef think so? Na so we see am o.

Well, the coast seems clear now as Nige­ri­ans have grad­u­ally got a clearer pic­ture of the mis­sion of the Chi­nese, what they have done and what’s de­lay­ing their re­turn. Dem talk say they have helped in in­stalling some med­i­cal fa­cil­ity and blabla. Eaves­drop­per is sur­prised like many oth­ers that such ex­pected en­quiry by Nige­ri­ans and the me­dia could elicit such re­sponse. Many know that any­thing is pos­si­ble in Nige­ria. Of course, but one would have ex­pected a deeper ex­pla­na­tion to Nige­ri­ans re­gard­ing ev­ery­thing about the visit of the Chi­nese. But of course, this is Nige­ria where if a ci­ti­zen asks a ques­tion, he’s seen to be ask­ing too much and those to pro­vide an­swers feel they are do­ing a favour to even ac­knowl­edge the ques­tion.

Many are hope­ful that COVID-19 would end in the coun­try and Nige­ri­ans can fo­cus on what mat­ters. Yes, the real thing that mat­ters to them. Nige­ri­ans sef no get time for things that don’t mat­ter jare. They can­not wait to es­cape from the tough touch of coro­n­avirus and the se­crecy sur­round­ing visit of some for­eign na­tion­als which shouldn’t be an is­sue in the first in­stance. But like Eaves­drop­per notes ear­lier, this is Nige­ria where cit­i­zens are ex­pected to see things and look away talk less of ask­ing ques­tions about them.

Hu­man part hawk­ers

Hu­man­ity ap­pears lost to some peo­ple. Or how do you want Eaves­drop­per to de­scribe a sit­u­a­tion where some per­sons would be so bold in trad­ing in hu­man parts and be­liev­ing they are hu­mans. Some per­sons would kill fel­low hu­mans and trade their parts for some use­less money rit­u­als.

So­ci­ety needs to be stead­fast in re-ori­en­ta­tion to re­turn core val­ues. It’s dis­turb­ing that this trend is in­creas­ing and it’s go­ing un­hin­dered. Some youths had also been brain­washed into be­liev­ing that all they needed to make money is to en­gage in money rit­u­als with­out hard-work. This sit­u­a­tion is ex­pand­ing and this is the time to quickly nip it in the bud.

Re­port stated few days ago of how some hu­man part deal­ers in Ogun State en­gaged buy­ers in a fight over their re­fusal to pay N1m they charged as fee for pro­vid­ing them with a hu­man hand. Eaves­drop­per won­ders if hu­man parts have turned to com­modi­ties such as rice, garri and beans that could be bought for at a price.

Come to think of it, if the buy­ers have N1m, why can’t they in­vest it in a busi­ness rather than think­ing that a rit­ual would turn them to bil­lion­aires? Since these set of peo­ple have been en­gag­ing in their dev­il­ish trade, Eaves­drop­per ex­pects them to be richer that the world’s rich­est. Awon oniy­eye.

They are usu­ally sickly to the ex­tent that one won­ders the kind of brain they have. Per­haps, their poverty state has with­drawn their sense of rea­son­ing. The state should en­sure their pros­e­cu­tion at least to serve as a de­ter­rent to other use­less per­sons eye­ing the non­sen­si­cal money-mak­ing ven­ture. One of the lu­di­crous per­sons was sen­tenced not too long ago af­ter killing a girl for rit­ual in Rivers State. This is the way to go re­ally to send a strong mes­sage

L-r:wife of the Gov­er­nor of Zam­fara State, Aisha Bello-matawalle (left); dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of fab­ric ma­te­ri­als (Atam­pas), to sup­port women in the state for Eid al-fitr cel­e­bra­tion in Gusau... on Fri­day. Photo: NAN

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