- Pangolin, the animal believed to have caused the coronavirus, is still being sold in Nigeria as bushmeat
- Experts are currently asking Nigeria's government to come up with stiffer penalties to frustrate the sales of such wildlife
- Nigerians are used to consuming wildlife and, as a result, there are ready markets for hunters in the country
Despite fears that it could be the animal behind coronavirus, the current global health crisis, the sale of pangolin has continued, probably unabated in Nigeria.
This development was put together by Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu and reported by Quartz, a business medium.
The virus began in Wuhan, China and has spread to other parts of the world including Nigeria where the cases have scaled up and continue to rise.
The report quotes WildAid, a pro-wildlife conservation organization in Africa, as appealing to the government of Nigeria to shut down markets where such animals, popularly known as bushmeat, are sold the way it has been done in China.
According to the report, WildAid CEO, Peter Knights, said: “The coronavirus outbreak has finally made us recognize that conservation is a public health issue.”
He noted that China has started taking the needed step with the closure of wildlife markets and with a stiffer fine for those who flout the order.
“Ideally, Nigeria should follow suit by shutting down the bushmeat trade, and protect endangered pangolins,” he added.
The report also quotes Stephen Aina of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) as lamenting that pangolin as still being eaten as bushmeat in rural areas of Nigeria.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Pastor William Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church recently released some prayers and words of encouragement as Nigeria grapples with coronavirus.
Kumuyi posted his prayer on social media on Tuesday, March 24, days after he joined other notable preachers and clergymen in Nigeria to ask church members to stay away from Sunday service at the worship centre.
The respected pastor wrote: "Satan and the world may be furious, His words to you will be fulfilled.
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