NIGERIA On Thin Ice, The Spread of COVID-19 & Threat TO National Security; By Sadiq Umar Abdullahi,(Sarkin Matasan Hausa).

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The devastating effects of the transcontinental pandemic that has brought the world to it’s knees is constantly evolving into a controversial matter in conjecture with a plethora of conspiracy theories across the entire global spectrum.
The unfortunate event is highly regrettable and deeply saddening to all and sundry. It has been alleged to have claimed the lives of so many beloved family members, Traditional Rulers,Religious Scholars, Elder statesmen, Politicians and more disturbing, the masses who happen to be on the receiving end with no provisions to defend themselves from the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Fortunately, Daura Emirate Council came off the list by the recent hospitalization of HRH Alhaji Dr. Umar Farouk Umar,(Emir of Daura) who has been discharged from the hospital and back to his palace with negative test results of the late Emir of Kaura Namoda,Zamfara State proves to the contrary with regard to the contraction and death toll of the virus.

There is no doubt about the true mutating nature of the pandemic. It is arguably not as deadly as the transmission and deadly effect of it’s spread in European countries due to climate,immune system and symptoms.

The heat in African Countries,contact with malaria,typhoid,meningitis amongst other diseases weakens the virus, thereby, rendering it less effective to the human body in Africa. The high death tolls in both northern and southern Nigeria cannot solely be attributed to corona virus but other already existing illnesses the deceased have been battling with for years with old age serving as a detriment to their immune systems. The staff of hospitals who risk their lives every day in all medical establishments across the the nation and their efforts cannot be overlooked as the real heroes in the most trying time of the global pandemic.

Other Traditional Rulers who lost the battle to the The war against COVID-19 which has brought havoc to the Traditional Institutions such as, “late Shehun Bama, (Borno State); Emir of Rano, (Kano State) and Emir of Kaura, (Zamfara State)”. May Allah SWA grant them the higest level of Aljannatul Firdausi. Amin Ya Rahman.
Images and video clips that have been emerging on social media wigh religious scholars pleading with the government to give them permission to conduct Friday and Sunday Prayer in Islam and Christianity should be taken into consideration in the same manner that the government allows the mingling of people on market days but with strict rule and supervision otherwise, the masses will have a reason to come out in huge crowds to united in one voice,irrespective of religious,ethnicity and political inclination to protest with regard to their plea sooner or later which will only make matters worse.

The assault on Imams and Pastors that hold religious congregations being recorded and posted on public media platforms is by far the most effective way of spurring uprisings that can easily lead to riots in every part of the country. The religious scholars are equally leaders in their own rights and have massive support from their followers.

One resistance is all it takes to spark chaos on the land. Should such abuse of their Fundamental Human Rights persist,they can legally file for a case against the government in any Court of Competent Jurisdiction based on the fact that the President of the Republic of Nigeria issued no such orders for Security Personnels to take such drastic actions on the Country’s Citizens without a defense legal practitioner present to defend them.
The level and nature of violating their human rights has no place in the societal way of life in Nigeria and other countries across the globe. It is time for all Religious Institutions of all faiths such as “Jama’atul Nasrul Islam,(JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria,(CAN) and Council of Ulama” to take a stand in order to put an end and stop such illegal actions from executed on men of faith before it gets out of hand. In the interest of fairness,religious scholars should adhere to the rules put in place by the federal government until they decide otherwise and lift the ban on religious congregations.

The government is doing what it feels is best in the interest of the nation in order to reduce the spread of the virus in society inspite of major setbacks across all six regions of the country.

The masses and general public should join the fight against Covid 19 and play their own role as patriotic citizens of the country by adhering to the rules and Preventive Measures implimented by the government which is in the greater good of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and her neighbouring countries.

The use of face masks, sanitizers, washing their body as frequently as possible, maintaining social distancing and isolating themselves when they feel any symptoms that might corroborate with the awareness campaign of the disease. The masses should bear in mind that isolation is no where close to a death sentence. It is simply a preventive measure of impeding the spread of the virus to other people and their loved ones at home. Those that have been tested possitive should consider the wellbeing of other Nigerian citizens.
It is equally worth taking into consideration and imperative for the National Centre For disease Control (NCDC) to be more thorough in carrying out their findings and logistics with transparency in order to enlighten the general public on the dangers of the catastrophic virus with factual data beyond reasonable doubt. Their figure and logistics have come under serious scrutiny and lack of confidence by there general public.

Their story is falling apart by the day which might lead to an uprising by the starving masses if things continue to move at the current pace in controlling the deadly disease.

Having said all that, it is rather disappointing and repulsive to hear the alleged politicization of the pandemic by politicians for personal gain despite facing impending doom with end in sight and no where to disperse the funds even if they accumulate the wealth of the entire world. Where will the alledged perpetrators the fraudulent accumulated funds and where will it be spent when all boarders across the globe are on lock down? The return of Almajiris to their various home states and the denial of their acceptance as witnessed in the case of Nasarawa State and Taraba State that refused to accept their indigenous Almajiris by sending them back to Nasarawa State to be profiled sounds inhumane.

They are equally citizens of Nigeria. Who else is better to profile them than their own state of origin? The State governments ought to have taken such matters into consideration due to the fact that they are victims of a system that has failed them by the leadership of a country they call home over the past decades. The action taken by the Northern Governors Forum with the exception of Borno State,Sokoto State and Zamfara State is far from being considered as an achievement on their part,but is rather considered as politicizing their agenda on soft targets to depict an act of proactive policy making on their part. Such actions give credence to the fact that state governments are no loger their brothers keepers living as one nation and accelerates the scale of disunity in the country at large.

Furthermore,Members of the National Assembly (NASS) should remember that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is governed by a constitution that is supreme to all other laws of the nation.

They have no right to mandate compulsory vaccination on Nigerian citizens that have rights conferred on them by the 1999, (CFRN) as amended. There actions has led to a national outrage, which includes allegations of corruption, bribes and ulterior motives that cannot be ignored in their dealings with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A whole Arm of Government ought to know better and avoid violating citizen’s rights by passing a bill that is not approved of and not in the interest of the people they represent in their respective constituencies. Nigerians criticised the previous 8th Assembly and it’s leadership like no other. It will be very unfortunate for the 9th Assembly to rapidly surpass the actions of the former with regard to criticisms on the by passing laws that is contrary to the Nigerian Constitution and against the will of the people.

Another important matter to be looked into by the Federal Government is to indicate where it derived the law implimented with regard to mobile courts. There is no law in the Nigerian Constitution that gives power to a joint task force to take up the role of “Judge,Jury and Executioner. The laws of the Federal Capital Territory is legislated by the National Assembly while the laws of the state governments are implimented by the State Assemby. By taking the laws into their own hands,they are violating the rights of the Nigerian citizens based on the simple fact that the accused have no defense lawyers to act in their favour at the point of conviction. Their actions are clearly an abuse of the judicial system which the Attorney General of the Federation and the President of the Nigerian Bar Association should speak up and defend the rights of citizens conferred on them by the 1999 Constitution,(CFRN), as amended which they swore an oath to protect.

Extra Judicial laws being put in place over night without following due process in conformity with the supreme law of the nation goes against everything a democratic government stands for in all aspects. The government should take responsibility for providing PPE’s and provide them for free at every check point just like the Pre- functional working government institutions make available in their respective establishments due to the increasing hard living conditions inflicted on the masses by Covid 19. The prices of safety facilities have been inflated by some ungodly businessmen that are taking advantage of the harsh day to day activities and high level of demand that Nigerian citizens require from marketers of PPE’s.

It will be advisable for the Federal Government of Nigeria to subsidise such products to the lowest prices for the common man can be able to afford them as well. The most important question to ask is,what measures and foresight does the Federal and State Governments put in place for the citizens of Nigeria and her neighboring countries after the global pandemic of Covid 19?

May Allah SWA continue to bless, guide and protect us with his infinite wisdom and mercy. Amin Ya Rahman.

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