Nwodo says Nigerians waiting for mass deaths before knowing COVID-19 is real

Nwodo says Nigerians waiting for mass deaths before knowing COVID-19 is real

- John Nwodo, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says it seems Nigerians are waiting for mass deaths to occur in the country before believing COVID-19 is real

- Nwodo expressed frustrations that Nigerians are yet to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously

- The Ohanaeze president faults suggestions by some Nigerians that COVID-19 is a rich man’s disease

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John Nwodo, the president-general of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says it seems some Nigerians are waiting for mass deaths to occur in the country before believing that COVID-19 is real.

Nwodo speaking in a recent interview with Radio Nigeria, southeast zone, expressed frustrations that some Nigerians were yet to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, Premium Times reports.

Nwodo says Nigerians waiting for mass deaths before knowing COVID-19 is real

Nwodo expressed frustrations that Nigerians were yet to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. Photo credits: The Sun
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"It is very painful that what is happening elsewhere is not shocking our imagination into compliance,” he said.

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“It seems to me that our people are waiting for people to die like mosquitoes or flies before they realise that COVID-19 is real.

The Ohanaeze president faulted suggestions by Nigerians that COVID-19 is a rich man’s disease.

He said only drastic leadership can rescue Nigeria from the current economic challenges the pandemic has caused in the country.

In another news, Nyesom Wike, Rivers governor, has accused the federal government of mapping the state out of its support blueprint for other states in combating the novel coronavirus.

Wike made the allegation on Thursday, April 30, while receiving the new commissioner of police in Rivers, Joseph Mukan, who replaced Mustapha Dandaura.

According to the governor, the federal government is prioritising on some states including Kano, Lagos and Ogun in its supportive efforts towards ending the coronavirus crisis.

Wike said Rivers is exposed to visitors but despite that, the state has no "single federal intervention.”

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Wike warned that Nigeria may find itself on the path of downfall if the Covid-19 crisis is being politicised, adding that he was abandoned for his criticism of the federal government.

The governor enjoined the new commissioner of police to collaborate effort with the state task force on Covid-19 to ensure that the borders tor the state remain closed.

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