Following the call made by the federal government through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to extend the lockdown, which has been ongoing for four weeks now, many Nigerians who are tired of the exercise have started attacking the government as hunger continues to rise especially among the poor masses.
Based on the surge in the increase of COVID-19 cases in the country, The NCDC announced yesterday during its Presidential Taskforce briefing that it cannot afford to relax the lockdown.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said “we will eventually exit this stage and restart our normal life but that stage is still a while to come and I ask for your endurance, support and patience. Lots of efforts are going on across the world to find new therapy, to find vaccine.
“Everybody is pushing hard along this direction. We need unprecedented level of caution to continue carrying out the preventive measure that we have advised many times on this platform.
“Many families have not been able to bury their dead, rescheduled their marriages and baptism and everything they are doing. In a way, life is in suspense. Everyone recognises the sacrifice Nigerians have made but we really have to encourage one another to continue to a position where we can relax some of that (lockdown) but until we get to that place, we have to continue in the short term.
“We are working hard to reach a point where we can relax some of these measures but we are not there yet. We ask you to join us to continue this journey with us and amplify these messages that we are giving. We are happy to have the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress here with us today (Friday).”
However, following this declaration, many Nigerians have taken to twitter to condemn and criticize the plan to extend the lockdown. Here are some reactions we got below.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Media and its display of lies by Govt. They show us what they want us to believe. From relief materials to beds to isolation centers to donations and loans esp donations made by the super rich, all well planned out to keep pple at home much longer , and tell more lies</p>— Ajulu (@Ajulu56473356) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Ajulu56473356/status/1253926879138021377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Honestly, they aren't.
They can't Be fair to people while taken decisions, they can't Device good measure to cushion the effects of lock down on the citizens they govern. Staying at home without provision of food is starvation and punishment.
— Chima Chigozie (@CallMeGozie) April 25, 2020
FG can still look for other ways of easing the lockdown.
You wouldn't want people to start dying of hunger before you find a way out?
Properly encourage Nigerians to wear a protective gears instead of forcing us to stay back at home. 1/3
— egodfrey586 (@egodfrey586) April 25, 2020
Let government leave us if we die, no wahala. After all they never cared before.
— AGBO JOSEPH 💫🇱🇷 (@joe_sequence) April 25, 2020
We yet to Receive Palliatives ,intenventio funds,,,Please they have to Relax it so that we go Hustle for ourselves.
— Divinity (@zobadox) April 25, 2020
You still want to starve us together with Covid19 that only what we see is info graphics figure and not the visuals as it is in other society.We aren't seeing the body bags neither those in the isolation centres nor those at the forefront.We are hungry, don't lock us down again
— Taiwo (@hartarmah1) April 25, 2020
Una dey craze..I am having hungry oooooo
— نوح أولاتوندي (@noaholatunde) April 25, 2020