By Kene Obiezu
Sir: In a rustic the place Peter is raided and robbed to pay Paul, crises expose the depths of public perversity and inhumanity.
When the novel however ruthless COVID-19 pandemic arrived from a harried and sickened world to arrange camp within the nation, Nigerians have been caught chilly by its invasiveness and implications.
It was in blind panic that programmes and plans have been hurriedly scaled down and new containment measures put in place to confront the invisible however invidious enemy.
Robust restrictions have been instantly put place everywhere in the nation to halt the rampaging enemy. Most states within the nation went right into a lockdown of some types as Nigerians started to witness an unprecedented disruption to their lives.
Many have struggled to make sense of the scenario as many extra have brazenly defied the federal government‘s place on the pandemic as age-old suspicions have resurfaced and thrived.
To cushion the consequences of the pandemic and the numerous adjustments it has wrought to individuals‘s lives, the federal government rolled out strings of palliatives aimed on the poorest Nigerians.
These palliatives have are available in many varieties which have included the distribution of meals gadgets, private protecting gear, tax reliefs.
There may be even a jobs scheme within the works to assuage the livelihoods of these most hit by the consequences of the pandemic.
Nonetheless, as with the whole lot Nigerian, a singular problem has reared its head within the distribution of those palliatives. It’s the problem of equitable distribution.
As a rustic that has traditionally struggled with its statistics, the pandemic introduced on a nationwide nightmare – a nightmare of figures.
The numbers turned a query and have been instantly referred to as into query. What number of Nigerians have been most in want of assist?
At this time, regardless of the efforts of the federal government, as a result of these questions of quantity and placement have been poorly answered, a lot of the poorest Nigerians have fallen via the cracks of the distribution of those palliatives, successfully making them palliatives of privilege and for the privileged.
Plenty of Nigerians who scrape and scratch on the breadlines have solely heard however seen nothing of those palliatives.
It might additionally not be far-fetched to say that a few of these tasked with the distribution of those palliatives have been reasonably serving to themselves, displaying chilly indifference in direction of these they’re supposed to help.
The online impact of those is that plenty of Nigerians, particularly those that stutter beneath the poverty line have been left unduly crushed by a pandemic they by no means noticed coming.
It once more exasperatingly calls into query the questions that encompass the distribution of Nigeria‘s nationwide wealth.
For a few years, many key companions within the Nigerian mission have cried out that they’ve been quick modified because the distribution of Nigeria‘s commonwealth has been skewed towards them.
For a rustic‘s of Nigeria‘s range and lots of injustices, it’s a real miracle that the nation is but to interrupt up in over half a century of nationhood.
The pandemic rages ahead with vengeance. Plenty of Nigerians have seen their livelihoods strangled by the virus. Many extra would reel below its crushing weight for a very long time to return. It is going to be a protracted and troublesome street going ahead.
As a result of the occasions are unsure, these palliatives should largely keep in place and their distribution taken away from the sticky fingers of Nigeria‘s privileged avaricious. To do in any other case could be to deprive Nigeria‘s poorest of invaluable lifelines.