Lockdown Chronicles

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.


COVID Tales from Kano State

Today marks Day 5 of the Lagos Lockdown. Today would be the first time I would step out of the house. I needed to buy data.

On entering the area, the security man was greeted by an “Aboki”. The “Aboki” was entering the estate to buy scrap metal. When asked by the security guard why he wasn’t observing the lockdown, he would provide insight into the perception of the average Nigerian on the Coronavirus.

The man I met is from Kano State. He told me that although the governor gave a directive in the state, prayers are still ongoing. As a result of this, people come from Kaduna state where prayers have stopped to pray in Kano state.

The Imam of Kano state argued that he was yet to meet anyone who had been infected by the Coronavirus. With the reputation of the average Northerner for violence, any attempt to disrupt the prayers would end in violence.

The “Aboki” believes that the Coronavirus is just a way to steal money. He mentioned all the donations made and the fact that they had already been stolen.

Then he dropped the bomb: “What does the government do for me?” At that point, I was flabbergasted. I didn’t have a response. I just shook his hand and walked away.

At that moment, I realised that the average Nigerian sees hunger, poverty, and Malaria as a bigger threat to his life than the Coronavirus.