MANAGING CORONAVIRUS: PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT CAMPAIGN: This compilation will start with the rights and obligations of the government and the governed. The aim is to educate the citizenry that they also have constitutional obligations/responsibilities to perform in all democratic societies. It is easier to destroy than to build. The recent warnings by the federal government on CORONAVIRUS are at the heart of this matter. The screaming headline crafted is to invite attention because of the sensitivity of the message involved. Our goal is to engage the citizenry to preach the message of “STAY SAFE’’ that governments at the three tiers have continued to preach.
For us, this is a matter of social responsibility. And our BLOG which is our primary channel that feeds ten other channels of communication is constructed to translate our posts into YORUBA, IGBO & HAUSA languages, as well as several other foreign languages. You are allowed to circulate this information so those who wish to read this post in different languages could do so.
Every so often, we shift all our burdens and blames on government. While Governments are in place to manage societies on behalf of the general citizenry which must always hold their representatives in governments accountable, it is also incumbent on citizens to fulfill their obligations to the State. Part of the social responsibility expected of the citizenry is respect for the provisions of the constitution by being socially responsible and exhibiting behaviour that would promote national development and cohesion. It happens quite often that many citizens compare Nigeria with the developed world and lament that the nation is yet to develop appreciably, without necessarily bothering about certain indices, including whether or not such people are fulfilling their obligations to the country.
COMPARISON WITH THE WESTERN WORLD: S.16. (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic on Nigeria (as amended) states in part: ‘’The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring: That suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, a reasonable national minimum living wage, old age care and pensions, and unemployment, sick benefits and welfare of the disabled are provided for all citizens. S..24 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic on Nigeria (as amended) expressly states in part that the duties of the citizenry as: ‘’make positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides; and render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order’’ This shows that citizens are not free from the responsibility of helping government to succeed for their own sake.
PUTTING ALL BLAMES ON GOVERNMENT: This is wrong. If social services work in the Western world, it is evidently because their people abide by regulations and the rule of law; while also supporting their nations to make facilities and infrastructure work. If the correct statistics are taken, it would be revealed that only a fraction of those who benefit from existing infrastructure and social services pay for the services provided. The society and government must collaborate to stop the dangerous trend of vandalizing public infrastructures while attention is best focused on long range visioning and planning. Continues advocacy and public enlightenment – This seems to be the most viable means of overcoming Nigeria’s current challenges.
WARNINGS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE: The first serious warning came on April 9, 2020. Task Force Chairman and SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha had at the daily press briefing on COVID-19 pointed out that it is not a scam; hence the need to take it serious. At that briefing, Mustapha said ‘’Coronavirus is not a joke. Please take it very seriously and listen to the government.’’ Please stay safe and protect your loved ones, nothing is more important. listening to this, I think we’ve gone past the stage, however ignorant a person is, wherever you live in Nigeria, for you to begin to assume that this is a scam, a hoax or a joke and i think those of you in the media have the responsibility for driving this point. ‘’This is not a joking matter we’ve gotten to the stage where we are beginning to see some of the things that are happening in other climes. so, we ought to take it with every element of seriousness and for those that think it’s a hoax or a scam, i wish them well, but for those of us who believe that we ought to do everything humanly possible to contain this spread or limit the infection or mortality, we will continue to work day and night and that is why I solicit your support and cooperation in this particular endeavour.”
COVID-19 REACHES PEAK IN NIGERIA: Cases may rise exponentially to overwhelm health infrastructures if Nigerians ignore warnings. June 15, 2020
As widely reported in the media, a statement credited to Boss Mustapha states that: ‘’The Federal Government has warned Nigerians that the figures of COVID-19 cases in the country will rise and overwhelm the health infrastructures. It said people are becoming careless following the lifting of lockdown, adding that it (the government) is no longer a frontliner in the fight against the virus. The Government said that it is now left for the citizens to determine whether Nigeria will reach its peak or not. “We’re not your front liners anymore. The choice of whether you’ll get to the hospital is yours.” Mustapha pointed out that it has got to a stage where no amount of enforcement will help stop the spread. The PTF Chairman said it is now the choices made by the people that will determine what will happen next.
‘’According to him, the people are the only ones that can work assiduously to ensure that the level of transmission is reduced now that it has gone into communities spreading. “Nobody should be deceived that Nigeria has reached the peak of the pandemic,” Mustapha said. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said this in Abuja yesterday at the daily press briefing. “If you listen to me conscientiously in the past four weeks, I’ve spoken about personal responsibility,” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, said. He warned: “COVID -19 is real and because restrictions have been lifted is not a licence for carelessness. Yes, we’ll return to a new normal, but not the normal of the past.
“Are figures going to rise? Yes, they’re, says Boss Mustapha. The quantum in which they rise is dependent on what we do. “But as for the figures, we don’t want to delude anybody; they’ll rise. ‘’The quantum with which they’ll rise exponentially or gradually is dependent on what Nigerians do.” The SGF warned that if the people decide to be careless because restrictions have been lifted, then the country will have a peak, “if we’re not careful, it can overwhelm even our health infrastructure.”
Last line: What is it that makes us travel abroad and respect virtually all rules about conduct in public places. Why do we obey simple instructions including the simple act of queuing to perform some transactions, including utilizing public transport etc? But same laws are violated at home with impunity. Now that those of us who are over 55 years cannot meet our grandchildren, attend places of worship, or congregate for other matters, why shouldn’t we abide by stipulated regulations put in place for our own safety? I have not seen my pastor and his wife for about four months. If they are over 55 years old, that means they cannot stand on the altar and we may not meet until we defeat Coronavirus. If like Baba Enoch Adeboye observes, the aged cannot see him in church, as a result of the present development, we should do a rethink and respect policy measures drafted to defeat COVID-19
CORONAVIRUS – SUGGESTED PREVENTIVE STRATEGIES –FROM AN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
A STITCH IN TIME…By: Dr. Mike Oye (A Naturopath)
CORONAVIRUS — A STITCH IN TIME — In old, wise adage says, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Prevention is, indeed, better than cure. There have been many debates, doubts, and fears about vaccines and medicines to counter COVID-19. So far there has not been any global approval of any effective remedy. God did not create the disease; human beings did!! Fortunately, our gracious God has in nature many herbs that can boost our immune system to deal with the pandemic and deal effectively with the symptoms. While we wait for possible solutions from long-term research, I want to suggest a simple, appropriate formula that should be available and accessible to both the poor and the rich. I recommend the formula primarily for the humble, who believe that nature has solutions to human diseases.
All the herbs I am going to suggest are edible. I am going to categorize them. Users should select at least one herb from each group, combine the selected herbs, and prepare delicious soups or teas from them. IMMUNE BOOSTERS: (a) Moringa oleifera; it is called the miracle plant, extremely rich in minerals and vitamins, and capable of healing over a hundred diseases. (b) Urtica dioica (stinging nettle). (c) Curcuma longa (turmeric). (d) Zingiber officinale (ginger). (e) Allium sativum (garlic). (f) Allium cepa (onion). (g) Talinum triangulare (water-leaf). (h) Basella rubra (vine spinach). When using turmeric, add a pinch of Piper guineense (black pepper) to make it more bioavailable.
FRUITS & NUTS: In addition to the herbs, we can resist and overcome the pandemic by regularly eating out of many fruits and nuts we have in Africa. Nutritiously rich fruits include oranges, tangerines, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pawpaw, pineapple, bananas, avocados, guavas, coconuts, and soursop. The nuts, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, include peanuts, cashew nuts, and walnuts.
A simple, hygienic lifestyle, coupled this suggested tropical diet, is capable of overcoming any pandemic. We do not need to be locked up in our houses indefinitely without a pragmatic solution. Simple, natural ways are often more effective than the complex devices we manufacture for ourselves. Let’s use what we have to prevent a major disaster. A bird in hand is worth ten in the bush.
Dr. Mike Oye
Rev (Dr) Mike Oye, a Naturopath/Alternative Medicine practitioner. He points out that it is very possible to live healthy without drugs through good diets, discipline, and adequate appropriation of nature. He asserts that whatever is natural is always better for human consumption than synthetic alternatives. He features regularly on Terrific Headlines on USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, through the preparation of herbs from plants that abound in our natural environment.
Advice: The suggested herbs are best used under the guidance of qualified alternative medical practitioners.