Photos that emerged yesterday from the defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state have shown that Nigerian government is playing politics with the war against the lethal coronavirus pandemic. The Nigerian government has continuously warned Nigerians against flouting the World Health protocols in the war against the coronavirus.
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also warned Nigerians, advising the populace to remain in line with the health protocols set down by the WHO. Nigerian governors, members of the presidential taskforce on COVID-19 and all health workers have continuously warned Nigerians against flouting the protocols.
But on Friday, the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his supporters threw caution to the wind and violated the principles he and other governors have always told Nigerians and their citizens to abide by.
A few days back, the same Governor Obaseki traversed the entire Southern states to visit the governor of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta states flouting the national boundary lockdown but he vowed to quarantine Adams Oshiomhole any time the former governor visits Edo state.
He specifically warned that these APC leaders will be quarantined if they visit the state for the party primaries. He also said not less than 20 persons should be in every gathering as the principle is very much in force.
But he and his supported violated the principles heavily at the headquarters of the PDP on Friday. It was like a carnival while he was defecting from the APC to the PDP on Friday.
A group of Nigerian students are therefore spoiling for a great protest as to why will the Nigerian government block students from going to school but allow politicians gather in their multitude for political gatherings and rallies.
Dio Oghale Emeka Rex, Senate president of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) said the mother of all protest is under way following the action of Nigerian governors to the COVID-19 protocols.
He said despite the claimed records of COVID-19 in Edo State, those that accompanied Governor Godwin Obaseki to get his new party card were seen on camera with no face mask, neither practicing social and physical distancing.
He vowed that students would protest the ban on school resumption while politicians disobey without consequences.