The only thing government can share that will easily reach poor Nigerians, is death — Fitila
This is a slap in the face of the Buhari administration.
It is no longer news that Nigerians like people in other countries, have been forced to stay home as COVID-19 continues to spread and now infected over 2 million people worldwide.
What’s news however, is that while other countries have already made progress in providing palliatives and stimulus packages to help ease the effects of covid-19 on families and businesses, Nigeria is still struggling to decide how its palliatives would be shared and who the actual beneficiaries are.
There are already reports claiming the Buhari administration has already begun distribution of food items and cash to the most vulnerable families across the country, but Nigerians are demanding for transparency as they question the criteria used in determining who qualifies.
In a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said funds donated in the fight against covid-19, cannot be shared as a stimulus package.
On her own part, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar, says the federal government considers Nigerians with account balance of N5000 or less, and who buys N100 call credit a month, as poor and will ensure they get relief cash.
This strategy by the government would deny many Nigerians who might have over N5000 in their accounts, but which wouldn’t be enough to sustain their families for long, the opportunity to benefit from the said palliatives.
As the Buhari administration continues to dilly-dally, Nigerians continue to starve and are now taking matters into their own hands by violating government’s stay home directive.
post shared on a Hausa based Facebook page ‘Fitila’, said the only thing that can be easily shared and is guaranteed to reach the poor in Nigeria, is death.
The post in Hausa reads, “A Nigeria Mutuwa Ce Kadai Zaka Bayar A Rabawa Talaka Ta Iso Gareshi Babu Almundahana.”
In English, it means, “In Nigeria, death alone is what if shared, would reach the poor with no hurdle.”