The year of the pandemic, 2020 is one which really took the world by surprise as the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) did really affect the human race. Countless lives were lost and the economy of many nations and large corporations witnessed an abrupt decline in one way or the other.
Nigeria witnessed one of its most troubling times during the lockdown which was enforced by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the virus.
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Months after the ease of the lockdown where many businesses are gradually returning to normalcy, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has confirmed a case of a different Covid-19 variant in the country. The agency were able to detect the new variant on Thursday through a traveller who came into the country.
NCDC said this variant is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern which could also be a threat for the average Nigerian who doesn't need a repeated experience of the 2020 lockdown.
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The masses are already witnessing a hike in food prices which Daily Trust reports that it is partially linked to the panic buying by Government agencies.
The buying of grains in large volumes by these agencies are not entirely bad because it could be used to ensure food security but the timing means trouble for Nigerians given the latest announcements on Covid-19.
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Nigerians will be anticipating another lockdown and the privileged ones will make moves to buy grains in large volumes as they anticipate a sit-at-home order by the Government.
If the Government and privileged citizens keep buying in large volumes just after the discovery of the new Covid-19 variant, it could lead to panic across the low-income groups as they might be forced to take the wrong route in other to ensure their subsequent feeding is secured.
The Government buying in large volumes could also be channelled towards the availability of palliatives for Nigerians if there will be another lockdown, but Nigerians still remember what happened in 2020 where palliatives were allegedly hoarded and weren't distributed.
Prices of food having skyrocketed means danger for the common man as they may be forced to deal with two concurrent battles; one in the form of lockdown which denies them the opportunity to go and work on a daily basis and the other being the high prices of food due to panic purchases by Government and privileged Nigerians.
The Government will have to prepare itself for any unforeseen challenges in the face of the newly discovered Covid-19 variant; this is because Nigerians may not heed to a new lockdown given last year's experiences coupled with the current high prices of food.
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