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Lagos Lockdown Day 7

Monday, the 6th of April was Day 7 of the Lagos Lockdown. Social media was abuzz with the news that Funke Akindele aka Jennifer was in court for hosting a party during the lockdown period.

The truth is that Lagosians have had enough of the lockdown. The lockdown in Lagos would start on Tuesday the 24th of March before the Federal government would declare it’s own on Monday, March 30th by 11 pm.

With no electricity supply and most Nigerians slowly becoming broke at home, the lockdown would inevitably be defied.

The above picture is the scene at Gbagada. So it isn’t that the breaking of the lockdown isn’t happening, its that the government wanted to use Funke Akindele as a scapegoat.

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Lagos Lockdown Day 6

Today marks the 6th day of the Lagos Lockdown. It is also Palm Sunday. Today my parent’s church would supply foodstuffs to the house.

While they do not compare to what we have already done for ourselves, the gesture was appreciated.

Today was our off day for electricity. I would spend most of the day surrounded by generator noises and unable to work.

Now that the lights are back, I shall be working all night to make up for the lost time.

My productivity has dropped since load-shedding started.

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Lagos Lockdown Day 5

This picture speaks to me on so many levels. It brays about the quota system in Nigeria. Speaks about leadership in Nigeria. It speaks of the COVID19 pandemic and people’s refusal, inability, to self-isolate.

Chiekezi Dozie

Today marks Day 5 of the Lagos Lockdown. Today I would go across the street to buy credit for my phone. It would be my first time out of my house since the lockdown began.

The lead image was chosen because the of the conversation I had with a man from Kano state.

I am still aghast that we are said to belong to the same nation as the Northerners. This contraption by the British cannot last.

There was electricity for a while and my neighbour switched off her generator. I was able to get some much-needed sleep.

The lights are off now and we are running on generator. I am sincerely hoping that the lockdown is not extended.

Enforcement of the lockdown in the Northern part of Nigeria has seen violent clashes. For as long as I can remember, the North has been the problem of the whole country.

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Lagos Lockdown Day 4

A pretty uneventful day on my end. I stayed home the whole day. Apart from my neighbour whose generator is still on despite the electricity being back on, I don’t have much to complain about.

Nigerians leaders have shown that they lack creativity or imagination. All the other nations that implemented lockdowns have functioning infrastructure.

This lady describes the pain of staying at home with a blackout. I remember that we had to throw away a pot of soup at home.

Remember the incident in Warri, well a punitive mission is on the way. The soldiers have made a video stating their intentions to rape the women in the state.

Sad because anyone who knows the story of the atrocities of the army in Asaba during the Nigerian civil war would be distraught.

There is talk about the lockdown being extended but I hope not.

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Lagos Lockdown Day 3

The above image is the consequence of the show of shame witnessed on Twitter today when Elon Musk put out a call for hospitals that needed ventilators.

The shameless Nigerian government who had collected huge amounts in donation scored a home goal by choosing to also make a request.

The outpouring of emotion soon became a flood as people started responding to the tweet. A copy of the tweet is shown here for posterity.

Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning begging Elon Musk for ventilators.

Having compromised the wealth of Nigerians in the last 5 years, the handling of the Coronavirus incident in the country would leave a lot to be desired.

Yesterday, I became morbid. I have accepted that I cannot escape the coming onslaught. As a result of this, I am no longer afraid to say my mind.

The entire debacle of the Coronavirus has shown the underbelly of the Nigerian elite.

The image below shows the amounts of money donated at this point in time.

COVID-19 Donations

The entire basis of the request is meaningless if the donations of money haven’t been diverted. Of what use is begging when over N44 Billion Naira has been donated.

Despite dissenting voices that the poorest nation on earth couldn’t handle a shutdown, the government would go ahead and enforce it.

In Lagos, members of the taskforce were more civil as they went about enforcement. However, In Delta state, a soldier shot a man.

Youths in the state would retaliate triggering a very violent protest that would cost a soldier his life.

Now we are all stuck here on the Titanic as it takes on water. None able to run away. The rich will now get a chance to make a first-hand assessment of health facilities in Nigeria.

I have no empathy left for myself or anyone. The carnage the Coronavirus could wreck on the country is yet to be unleashed.

The onslaught is just beginning.