Humanitarian Disaster Looming in Nigeria Amidst Coronavirus Lock down

As Coronavirus hit Nigeria hard, there had been rising concern about a possible Humanitarian Disaster in the country because although Nigeria is Africa’s Biggest economy, she is also the home of the world’s poorest people.

The most populous country in Africa and the country with the highest number of blacks in the world, Nigeria now face the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the rest of the world but the case in Nigeria may be a whole different as the country’s 200 million citizens have to be subjected to a harsh lockdown as a means to contain the coronavirus.

For a country like Nigeria where poverty is a way of life, it gets really hard on the citizens that cities are locked down without provisions for the population that had earlier been threatened by hunger, insecurity and unemployment.

With a weak health system, it is very unlikely that Nigeria will be able to contain the situation soon, the very question now is how would a prolonged containment measure play out.

The Nigerian health system would sure be stretched out, The stay at home will impact food production, especially as the country’s food production is mainly by peasant farmers.

As a containment measure, different states had been closing their borders from entry to and from other states in a country where inter-dependency between the states had played an age-long role in the movement of goods, services and people.

The closing of the borders could bring different classes of economic and humanitarian disaster, for instance, a fish producing state may no longer have market for their fish while a non-fish producing state may not have fish in their meal, it goes on and on.  Different Nigerian state had been into a class of specialised production. Some state specialises in yam production, some specialise in beans production, some in livestock, some in oil palm.

A series of mutual dependency chain had made for the circulation and availability of these products in different states but with border closure between states, there would be limitations to how these items would be available in states with low or no production of vital materials.

In summary, what all the above means to the common man is that there will be hunger, there will be malnutrition, there would be more hunger-related illnesses, apart from the hunger, there will be increased unemployment and general hardship.

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