- Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at the Nigerian federal government over its response to the global pandemic called coronavirus
- Soyinka also berated religious leaders who ignored the directives on large gatherings
- The Nobel laureate recently returned from a trip to the US and has been in self-isolation
Following the spread of the deadly coronavirus in Nigeria, Nobel laureate and playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka, has lambasted the federal government's response to the deadly coronavirus that has affected 46 people in Nigeria.
Soyinka speaking to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Lagos, in reaction to the cases said that the government should have taken measures that would have helped deal with the crisis such as enough isolation centres, well-stocked pharmacies and research centres.
The playwright also took a swipe at religious leaders that ignored government directives about social distancing, noting that they were treated with kid gloves by the government.
Soyinka who has been in self-isolation for nine days after returning from a trip to the United States, said: “They (churches and mosques) have been treated with kid gloves for too long. I think there is too much political correctness going on.
“What the government should do in such instances is to take note of these contraveners of common sense and ensure that they are punished after this crisis is over or at some point or the other.
“We have to take on churches and mosques, religions of any kind including traditional religions that misbehave and let them understand that they are living in very different times than that of their imagination.”
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Legit.ng previously reported that a family source said Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari did not self-isolate after an official foreign trip to Germany and the UK because both countries were yet to be designated high-risk countries of the coronavirus at the time of his visit.
The source faulted the insinuation that Kyari refused to self-isolate on his arrival as advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In a related development, Governor Godwin Obaseki following his attendance at the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and National Economic Council (NEC) meetings, has gone into self-isolation.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 25, by Obaseki's media aide, Crusoe Osagie, it was revealed that the meetings were also attended by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, both of whom have tested positive for coronavirus.
Similarly, despite the directive given by the Lagos and Ogun state government to halt all gatherings or meetings of more than fifty people in other to curb the spread of coronavirus, some Sunday service gatherings on Sunday, March 22, shows that two churches have failed to follow the directive.
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