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The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem” – Milton Friedman
It is no news that the world fights a virus which presently has no cure. However, as measure to avoid the spread of this disease, towns are being locked down, states, and the nation at large. In fact, some foreign countries, where the standard of living isn’t cumbersome, have done this in curtailing the spread of the deadly virus, Covid-19. Nigeria, which is not left out in this same shoe, without giving a second thought followed the footsteps of these countries by also enforcing a 14-day lockdown in three states in the country, without properly considering the welfare of the citizens.
The three states which are currently under the lockdown are Lagos, Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja. These three states have been experiencing tumult since the inception of the 14-day lockdown, due to night and daylight robbery. The people of Lagos are on the alert every second of the day, because robbers can visit at any period in time. During the first fourteen days, the country has recorded an alarming rate of robbery in Lagos, Ogun and even, Ibadan where there isn’t a total lockdown, but a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
According to a report, on the 11th of April, 2020, hoodlums attacked to Agbado area of Lagos State at broad daylight, stealing people’s food and properties, with the Police being present. That same day, at night, it was recorded that robbers invaded Agege, also another area in Lagos. Residents couldn’t sleep because there was no adequate security as they turned Vigilantes to protect themselves.
I question the logic of the Nigerian government extending the lockdown, without necessarily learning lessons from the initial defiance of citizens who found it difficult to eat. . Since the lockdown is without adequate provisions, hunger rate has increased, which also lead to increment in crime rate, and crime is not a justifiable action, because it has many negative effects on the society.
It would be commendable if the government provides food, and relief packages to the masses, and likewise tighten the security. Our government has failed us, and the youth who are unemployed, use this as an excuse to perpetrate nefarious activities.
According to Ursula K. Le Guin, “A man who doesn’t detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it”. The seeming side effects of the Lockdown is robbery, and all forms of vandalism, and these will wax stronger if necessary welfare is not put in place. If Nigeria doesn’t want to crumble, she needs more diplomatic leaders, and not mere dictators.
Written by Wale Olaogun