#CoronavirusUpdate (#COVID-19): On Nigeria’s Suspension of
all International Flights…
In case you missed it, Nigeria’s civil aviation regulator, NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority), announced yesterday, Saturday 21 March 2020, the suspension of all international flights in and out of the country over the coronavirus pandemic.
About the suspension of all
international flight, Musa Nuhu, the director general of the NCAA, said in a
statement which reads in part: “Henceforth,
all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with
the exception of emergency and essential flights. Domestic flights will
continue normal operations at all airports.”
While the suspension of all
international flights might appear drastic, it actually is what the nation
needs right now.
Before the official suspension
of all international flights, the country had announced a ban on travellers
from 13 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. But that
did not stop the cases of COVID19 from doubling in the past few days.
Times reports there are now 22 confirmed cases in the country, a radical
leap that should alarm anyone and provoke a corresponding response. In this
sense, then, the suspension of all flights is welcome – should be welcome by
It appears, though, that the
president, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) has been complacent and even
contemptuous of the people he is paid to govern. While leaders of other
countries are addressing their people and even using influential figures to
create awareness on the coronavirus pandemic, the president has obstinately refused
to do the same.
It is provocative, this refusal
to speak about a virus to which Nigeria has lost billions. And of course it is
within your rights to be angry with the president for his silence, which is contemptible.