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Chernobyl

The accident at Chernobyl exposed the underbelly of Soviet authority to the entire world. In some ways, the reactor was a metaphor for the state: outdated, crumbling, dysfunctional, headed towards its own implosion.

The Heroic Bitter Land of ‘Chernobyl’ – The Moscow Times

The entire episode of the Coronavirus in Nigeria has convinced me that the country is heading towards its own implosion.

This article will cover events in the 13th week of the year and some this week.

Covid-19: The Unravelling Of The Nigerian Elite

When a nation defines it elites by the amount of money rather than their contributions to society will eventually face and existential crisis.

The Nigerian elite has been revealed to be incapable of handling the entire situation. From the moment the first cases were identified, action should have been taken to lockdown the country.

Now we are all in the country faced with squalid hospitals where nothing works.

Coronavirus Curfew

After weeks of begging the President to address the country, when he finally did, he would declare a lockdown on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.

Unlike other nations where citizens are able to be catered to, the food provided to individuals that did get it left a lot to be desired.

Nigerian Army Removes General

The Boko Haram situation in Nigeria is in its 11th year. Yet, a brave General who could speak like this hasn’t been given the chance to prove himself.

Personally, I no longer believe that the nation wants to solve the problem. There are too many vested interests in the problem still being unresolved.

Chad Launches ‘Massive’ Joint Operation Against Jihadists

This week showed Nigerians what was possible when a leader leads from the front.

This article on Nairaland looks at this situation.

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Lockdown in Lagos

The above picture isn’t from a war scene. It is from an explosion that occurred in the Abule Ado area of Lagos State on the 15th of March.

Amidst the crying and pain from the event, there was more to come in the month of March as the Coronavirus kept spreading in the state.

As a result of this, a lockdown was declared by Lagos state. Then after a broadcast by the President of Nigeria, a new lockdown was declared in the state.

The absence of leadership from the center has been very glaring. At the end of the day, after being roused to action by clamours on social media, the broadcast happened.

Tomorrow will be the first day of the Lockdown. Bad governance will kill everyone.

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Where is Buhari?

Too much emphasis on actions that yields photo ops, heavily laden with noise, generating impacts with zero signal/substance.

Emeka Okoye

President Buhari himself has not been seen in public since March 19 when he made a brief appearance at a gathering to commission federal emergency telephone lines in Abuja. His failure to publicly address a nation in crisis has fuelled rumours about his health.

His media aides have, however, continued to issue statements attesting to his firmness, saying his silence at a time leaders across the world are vigorously providing leadership and guiding their people was deliberate.

On March 22, a 23-second video purporting to show the president talking about the coronavirus was abruptly deleted after exposing him as being unable to pronounce COVID-19, one of the most used words in the world.

At a time when the President is needed, he is missing in action. Last week, I took a position that we didn’t have a President in Nigeria. Time has proven me right.

Nigeria Receives Test Kits and Protective Gears Donated By Jack Ma

Last week, Nigeria took receipt of materials from Jack Ma. In a clear display of Federal Character, they were disbursed to Abuja rather than Lagos which is at the epicenter of the pandemic.

Toyota Camry 2020

Although there was no money to pay for testing kits, the Senators got their 2020 Toyota Camrys delivered to them.

The tragedy of Nigeria isn’t the lack of resources but the lack of a clear definition of priorities.

Leadership Style

This isn’t a good time to be a media handler to the President. The past week saw the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina defend the President’s refusal to address the nation.

The standards of leadership in Nigeria have been buried. A style of leadership of incompetence leading to tragedy is now the norm in Nigeria.

Later on, pictures of the President would be released online. They would be torn apart on Twitter.

Thanks to that leadership style, Nigeria has come under attack by the Imam of Peace. If you want truth in times like this, the Imam of Peace is a veritable source of truth.

Abba Kyari Admitted at London’s Hospital

Proving that the failure to deliver healthcare facilities in the country is the ultimate failure, the Chief of Staff of President Buhari, Abba Kyari has been admitted into a London hospital.

Akure Explosions

A vehicle carrying explosives caused a blast in Akure. If you believe in the tooth fairy, you would also believe that the company in question doesn’t have a name.

As COVID-19 Makes A Landfall In Nigeria, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

This opinion piece pretty much sums up all the fears about the Coronavirus in Nigeria.

It highlights the biggest danger at this time which is a leadership vacuum in the nation.

As of today, most governors are stepping into the gap to lead their states.

The silence of the President is making a loud sound. It is my hope that this crisis passes.

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We Don’t Have a President

If crises are good for one thing; they make perfectly obvious who are true leaders and expose charlatans and pretenders.

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As much tragedy that can befall a nation, there is no greater tragedy that can befall a nation than incompetent leadership.

The past week would reveal to all that the bane of leadership in Nigeria is tribalism and religion. When merit isn’t the basis for electing leaders, tragedies like this will continue in Nigeria.

Abule Ado Explosions

Sunday the 15th of March will remain indelible in the minds of residents of Abule Ado.

As of yesterday, the death toll stands at 23. A sad and terrible accident that shouldn’t have occurred.

The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu would visit the scene and remark that he had never seen anything like it.

Next, he would create a N2bn relief fund for the victims. Ironic considering that Lagos State once spent N2.4bn on cars.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu shows pictures to Buhari.

To add insult to injury, President Buhari would fail to visit the scene. The Governor of Lagos State would take the photographs of the scene to him.

Let Them Come Until My Daughter Returns

Let Them Come Until My Daughter Returns

Despite the pleas on Social Media, the Presidency turned a deaf ear. Later on, a travel ban was put in place. The above image explains the choice of the date.

The above picture was taken on the 19th. The ban would come into effect on the 20th of March.

Nigerian Doctors begin Strike

To worsen an already bad situation, the doctors in Nigeria have gone on strike.

This is due to the lack of payments of salaries. At a time with a pandemic on our hands, it is hoped that the situation is resolved.

So there you have it. A roundup of the 11th week of the year.

Do remember: “Bad governance will kill everyone”.

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Lagos is Walking

We end a long month with bad news. The Coronavirus has been confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria.

Of course, it was always going to happen. In a nation where stupidity flows from the seat of power, there was no way to avoid this incident.

So here we are at the end of a month where Lagosians would be put through untold hardship with a virus on our hands.

Ban: Okada, Tricycle Riders, Police Clash in Ijora

It wasn’t unexpected that there would be a clash. The way the policy was implemented was wrong.

So on the first day of the month, those who had lost their means of livelihood decided to confront the agents of the state.

Sadly, they were unarmed.

Primero Transport Services Raises N16.5bn via Bond

Read this article while you search for a name related to a former governor.

Then the realisation hits you that the only thing you cannot take away from a coward is his fear.

School Pupil Killed By Stray Bullet As Transport Union Hijacks Okada Ban Protest In Lagos

Early in life, I learned that: “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers”.

In what was an unnecessary fight, a poor child lost her life.

Occupy Lagos protesters storm Eko Atlantic over Okada ban

This year the Occupy Lagos group decided to use the instance of the Lagos Marathon which held on the 8th of this month to protest.

Sadly, in a country that seeks foreign education for “Repentant” terrorists, being peaceful and productive will get you ignored.

The Implications of the Lagos Okada ban

I could say much on this topic but this article covers all that I want to say.

I have lost all confidence in the Nigerian state.

The absence of empathy at all levels of the society is appalling. The state is no longer a protector of lives or livelihoods.

Nigeria is a failed state.