By Tony Ajero
“These are times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, Shrink from the service of their country; But he that stands by it now, Deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; Yet we have this consolation with us, That the harder the conflict, The more the glorious triumph.”
Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
There is palpable fear in the land. The various narratives woven around the COVID-19 core confound: Wuhan wet animals market, Wuhan biological warfare weapon programme, and the 5G electronic waves pollution. Throw in the religious angle of COVID-19 being part of the End-Times strategies and you can sense the anxiety.
The End-Times, for Christians, is the season leading to Jesus Christ taking His people back to Heaven through the Rapture. Around this time a global government with a single currency will be. Additionally, the Anti-Christ (a powerful man who will proffer ‘solutions’ to global problems and situations) will manifest and eventually declare himself the sole worship-worthy one. To exist in the Anti-Christ’s times, to buy and sell, one must carry, in his forehead or back of the hand, the One World government identity. This is 666 or the ‘Mark of the Beast’ – the Anti Christ will eventually manifest his true self as a Beast.
How does this connect to COVID-19? Vaccines. Proponents of this narrative say the vaccines and electronic identity projects associated with Bill Gates will implant the ‘Mark of The Beast’ into people. Just a few days ago, two French scientists advised, on television, that such vaccines should first be tested in Africa!
Truly tough times. Our minds assailed with a thousand and one thoughts, our bodies home-imprisoned all day long, many battling with hunger, all battling with worries: we need vents. We need men of goodwill to shed light on these issues. How do we keep hope alive in these trying times?
Is Governor Wike wishing for more COVID-19 Cases?
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. Thomas Paine
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, in a broadcast, is quoted as berating the Federal Government for ‘politicizing the fight against the spread of coronavirus.’ His grouse: Lagos state got N10bn, Rivers nothing. Governor Sir, do you wish for more cases so Rivers will be at par with Lagos? Hidden by this comparison is a germane point though: the FG continues to send the state flights filled with expatriates whose COVID-19 status are unknown.
Lastline: Funke Akindele-Bello – What Is Wrong With Us?
We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine
At the start of this pandemic, Dettol Nigeria, alongside NCDC, engaged leading actress Mrs. Funke Akindele-Bello (a.k.a Jenifa) to star in a public service message on safe practices including Social Distancing. Dettol and the NCDC must have forgotten to ascertain if she believed in the message. She pocketed her huge appearance fees, acted her lines, and brazenly hosted a party in Amen estate (she is their Ambassador) for her husband’s birthday.
Against Joseph’s killing in Warri last week, Nigerians are watching to see how this resolves. Will the ‘Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020’ law take its course: ‘a jail term of one month or N100, 000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order’; or will this be yet another scene in the Nigeria story where commoners must obey the law and the elite flout it at will?
||Total Cases||1, 284, 805+||337, 600+||9,310+||232+|
||Deaths||70, 328+||9, 620+||444+||5+|
|Remarks||SA: 1,655; Algeria: 1,320
SOURCES: W.H.O., JOHNS HOPKINS.
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