Even as the 36 states governors, on Wednesday controversially endorses a two-week inter-state lockdown as part of their own measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus pandemic across the country, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has canvassed the daily quality three squares feedings of the citizens of the respective 36 states by their governors from their huge security votes or be ready for an imminent upsurge in violent UPRISINGS and high crime rates.
HURIWA recalled that the inter-state two weeks total LOCKDOWN formed the fulcrum of the overall decisions adopted during the sixth teleconference led by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, during which the governors harped on the need to decentralise the COVID-19 response.
HURIWA recalled that the Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state. Only essential services will be permitted.
HURIWA in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf said that it was inhuman, inhumane, wicked, atrocious and heartless that the 36 State governors whimsically reached an irrational and belated decision for a total lockdown for two weeks at the time that virtually all committed and civilized nations have managed to contain the spread of the CORONAVIRUS disease in their nations because those politicians at both the National and subnational levels worked meticulously UNIFIED and SCIENCE BASED MEASURES all across the territorial geography of their nations and not in piecemeal as is the case unfortunately in Nigeria whereby the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the governors of the 36 states of the Federation are working at cross purposes due to the absence of a CHARISMATIC LEADERSHIP IN THE ABUJA’S SEAT OF POWER.
HURIWA said that whereas some states like Kano, Katsina went about their businesses as if the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC would not penetrate their borders, the President who has showed no visible and encouraging leadership examples since the emergence of the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA except through occasional pre-recorded broadcasts, only declared a month long total lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun State BECAUSE he couldn’t properly articulate a UNIFIED HOMEMADE LOCAL MEASURES TO STAVE OFF THE SPREAD OF THE FEARED CORONAVIRUS DISEASE.
HURIWA further criticised both the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and the GOVERNMENT’S of the 36 STATES for failing to approach the fight against the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA like other fellow African political leaders such as Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweiri Museveini of Uganda or the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.