Nigeria, politically, is divided into six geo-political zones. These zones are South-South, South East, South West, North East, North Central and North West. South-South has Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States. In total, they are six states. South East has Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia. The South East has five states. The South West has Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti. The South West has six states.
North Central comprises Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. North East Comprises Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba. North West comprises Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Jigawa and Zamfara. Now each of these six zones have different number of cases in the country. Even within the zones, some states are heavily infected than others.
This article is set to show the zone in Nigeria with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. Already, it is known that Lagos is the epicenter of the coronavirus cases in Nigeria. The reason for Lagos being the epicenter is not far fetched. Lagos is where almost all international flights into Nigeria berth. Although they still land in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano, with Enugu, the number that lands in Lagos alone far outweighs the number that lands in these states put together, although Abuja maybe slightly different.
Let’s start our recording from South West. Our recording is based on the figure available to us from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control up to June 24, 2020. The figure is actually from the ones released by the agency on Tuesday night, being June 23, 2020.
Let’s move on South-South
Akwa Ibom: 65
Cross River: 0
Total: 2, 538
Let’s go to South-East
Let’s move to North Central
Let’s move to North East
North Western states of Nigeria
Total: 2, 222
From the above figure, we arrive at:
South West: 11,091
South South: 2,538
North Central: 2367
North West: 2,222
North East: 1557
South East: 988
From the figures above, we can see that South West has more cases and poses to be riskier than any other zone in the country. Then, South South is second in cases with Rivers and Edo states leading. This is despite the heavy lockdown measures imposed on Rivers people by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.
South East has least figures in the coronavirus cases in Nigeria. In all, the Southern part of the country has more cases and it’s generally the riskier region in the nation. There is higher risk of infection in the Southern zone of the nation generally.