You may call the COVID-19 perhaps the worst pandemic of recent time, and definitely, one of the greatest health challenges the world has ever seen. That definition would not be hyperbolic because the virus has caused insurmountable damages and untold miseries, ranging from the deaths of loved ones to the collapse of the world economy.
But to some, the deadly virus is just what it is. So is the COVID-19 data. The opposite of evil. The reminiscence of anything good. To this group, the COVID-19 has, ironically, become a Brammer, beacon, timely manna from the Mother nature; yes, a blessing in disguise. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other financial institutions did not fail the world in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. They judiciously released billions of dollars to different countries – especially, African countries – to enable them to fight the seemingly indomitable virus. A welcome development for any good-meaning government. But are those direct victims of the virus, who bear the most devastating effects of the Corona, the beneficiaries of the emergency funds? Hardly not.
In Nigeria, billions of dollars were said to have been released for the COVID-19, but hardly could an average Nigerian testify to the claims. Most Nigerians will tell you they never received or saw any relief from the government. Not even the billions donated by some humanitarian Nigerians reached the poor masses. In Africa, one man’s meat is often another man’s poison. Before you knew it, Nigerians were told their Coronavirus billions were burnt with the burning office. Didn’t you see the office burning? Which other proof do you need? Ja, Nigeria, is the only country, where billions of dollars – especially, the COVI-19 fund – are kept in the office or house, rather than in the bank. That laughable explanation can only be tolerated in a land of lawlessness, where accountability has gone with the wind – sorry, gone with the fire. South Africa did not disappoint either. Many employers in South Africa have been claiming the COVID-19 funds meant for distressed employees, from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), and stocking the money in their pockets. My beloved Kenya is not different. Allegations of the so-called “COVID-19 Millionaires” has made many Kenyans react angrily. How true are these sad allegations? Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXasgK6Pif8
Shamefully entangled in the bud of the COVID-19 fraud allegations, you begin to question why many African countries are not in a hurry to open their airports or borders for now. As usual, the Coronavirus is the easy scapegoat. We keep airports closed because we are fighting the COVID-19, aren’t we? Are some greedy individuals in these governments making more billions from the ugly visit of the Coronavirus than opening up their economies? Would some African government rather be in love with the COVID-19 than the welfare of their citizens?
Regardless, the fact remains that the COVID-19 is indeed a deadly virus, tearing the African social fabric apart.