As the world has been forced to lockdown in the face of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic many countries have added different dimension to restriction orders. In civilized countries people were meant to stay home and less privileged being provided for by their government, corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
In most cases gathering of people over 20 in number in a place is forbidden. This is to maintain social distancing – one of the ways to stop spread of the virus. For this social distance rule, religious gathering are totally forbidden in Nigeria. Anything that will bring up to 20persons in a place is highly forbidden in all the states in Nigeria.
Almost every state forbids activities like burial, wedding and other things that might bring people together in large numbers. The reason for all these measures is to avoid the spread of the deadly virus and save lives of Nigerians as there is yet to be cure for the disease.
The saying by George Orwell which says that all animals are equal but some are more equal than the others played out during the burial of the late Mallam Abba Kyari, at Abuja on 18th April, 2020. Abba Kyari was the former Chief of Staff to President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
The number of people that converged on the Gudu Cemetry during the burial negates the social distance rule know world in respect of COVID-19 prevention.
The high and mighty were seen converging there at the burial of somebody who died of COVID-19 infection.
Convergence of these men and women of timber and caliber in the presence of dead person caused by coronavirus (threat to their lives), is pure sign of cowardice, sycophancy and disrespect for the rule of law.
It is said that an individual can transmit the virus to thousands of people in a very short time. Come to think of the large number of people that defied constituted laws to bury late Abba Kyari.
Their behavior is quite appalling and disappointing. Those of them that are party to the extreme conditions in the restrictive lock down should as lot urgency allow bereaved poor to bury their dead, at least in low key.