Nigerians are lamenting the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic which the country is currently battling with.
The world is faced with a common enemy that is hellbent on exterminating mankind. The first outbreak was recorded in China in December 2019, and since then the world has had no sleep.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria has 407 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which 128 have been discharged while 12 patients succumbed to the disease. So as at 12pm on Wednesday, April 15, the country has 267 cases of coronavirus.
Recall that on Monday, March 30, President Muhammadu Buhari declared two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory to contain the spread of the deadly disease.
This period was hellish on the indigenes of these state and a lot of people complained bitterly of hunger as their means of livelihood were put on hold.
As the 14-day lockdown elapsed in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, President Buhari extended it by another 14 days because of the increased cases of the pandemic.
Segun Adeleke is one of those feeling the effect of the lockdown in Lagos.
He berated the federal government for not considering those who depend on daily sales to fend for their families.
Adeleke said: “I sell spare parts in Ikeja and that’s the only thing I do to provide for my family. How do I put food on the table for my wife and children? This is not fair.
“Government should have put some things in place before extending the lockdown. Our government is clueless. The lockdown has caused a lot of crimes in the country and many people have lost their property and loved one to this.
“A lot of billionaires have donated money to the federal government to fight coronavirus. Where is the money? Why can’t government share the money among Nigeria? My brother, this country is a mess. Nigerians are suffering as a result of this lockdown.”
Margaret Ogochukwu has the same sentiment with Adeleke. According to her, the federal government has not been considerate to people who make daily sales to survive.
She said she’s the breadwinner of her family because her husband has lost his job and still hunting for another job.
Ogochukwu, who sells food in Agege area of Lagos, said life has been so hard for her family since the lockdown was declared by the president.
She said: “The government doesn’t want us to die of coronavirus, but what if we die of hunger before coronavirus gets to us?
“We are hungry at home and we can’t go to work. What kind of government will not care about how the people survive? This is a shame on our country. The government does not feel the plight of the people.
“I have five children and a husband to feed, how do I take care of my family when I can’t go out to sell? This is wickedness. They are telling us to stay at home and they haven’t provided us with what we will be eating.
“If this lockdown continues without proper measure to cushion its effect on the people, the people will be dying of hunger and not coronavirus.”