Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi Admonition to fellow Edolites.
Fellow Edolites, happy new month to you all.
You might be asking what’s to be ‘happy’ about the month, but the Holy book admonishes us to give thanks to God in every condition we find ourselves. The fact that we are counted amongst the living in the midst of the growing number of deaths recorded around the world in these trying times, is also a reason for us to be happy and grateful to God for.
While I commend the efforts of the Federal Government, the National Centre for Disease Control, and the Edo state government for the efforts put in place to curtail the spread of the virus, and simultaneously treating those already affected, my worries knew no bound when I heard reports from the street with respect to the mindset of an average Nigerian.
Reports reaching me is that a vast majority of the masses believe only the rich and wealthy are susceptible to the virus. I was told some even call it nemesis for the corrupt people in our society.
My good people of Edo State, we have never been known to be inhuman as a people. Our hospitality has stood us out as a race from time immemorial, and it is not at this crucial point in our history that we will rejoice over those who have tested positive because they are in government or belong to the “upper class” in our society. Every life is precious in the sight of our creator, and it should be precious in our eyes too.
Also, it is not true that only the rich and famous are prone to be affected. The names of our leaders affected were made public because they are public officers and the state of their health is expected to be made public to the people they are accountable to. For every public figure that has tested positive, there are tens of ordinary Nigerians that are positive too. Their identities are kept secret based on rules and regulations guiding the medical profession.
To avoid the overwhelming effect of this virus in Edo state in particular, and Nigeria in general, I plead with you all to please adhere to the instructions being dished out by various health workers. Staying at home is the peak of the preventive mechanism.
Let’s not allow what is currently going on in Italy, Spain and other western countries to happen in Edo State. It will be disastrous.
I want to also use this medium to call on religious leaders, community leaders, opinion and social media influencers, and everyone that has the ears of one or two persons, to please pass the message. Let the masses know that no one is safe once one person is affected, whether he is rich or poor.
I wish all those affected a quick recovery, and also plead with those that have had contact with infected persons to make themselves available for test. Coronavirus is not a death sentence, but early detection is paramount to surviving it.
May God bless and keep us all.
Once again, happy new month.
Engr. (Dr.) Chris Ogiemwonyi.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.