Nigerians on Twitter have called out the NCDC over the ever-rising figures on the COVID-19 ‘confirmed cases’ in Nigeria. In a new Twitter trend, #EndCovidScamNow, Nigerians have pointed out that there may be much foul play as it concerns the coronavirus in Nigeria.
While many people are very conscious about this deadly disease, a host of others still think that the virus is all a hoax and government strategy to deceive Nigerians. There are others, however, who are of the opinion that the virus is very present here, but the figures are being exaggerated by the federal government and the NCDC.
Do i believe the virus is in Nigeria?
Are the numbers being exaggerated?
Is government using this to extort money?
Is lockdown necessary?
I don’t know.
Has NCDC been transparent enough?
If the government has been lying to us then #EndCovidScamNow
— THE YORUBA GUY WITH IBIBIO MINDSET 🇳🇬 (@IamIsaacEddie) May 19, 2020
Many Twitter users have also shared that the NCDC needs to be transparent when it comes to the numbers, and everything as it concerns, isolation centers, quarantining patients and releasing recovered patients as they went further to compare the NCDC with other countries which have cases even higher than Nigeria.
Nigerians compared the NCDC with the UK, US, Italy, and some other world epicenters of the disease. Also, some users went further to point out that the Nigerian government is just using the numbers to incite fears in Nigeria.
— 🆒Dream🔴® (@Zill_Mighty) May 19, 2020
#EndCovidScamNow. The virus may be in Nigeria but the figures dished out by NCDC is preposterous. Everyday they discharged people who have recovered from the virus without giving us detailed information on the medication given to them. We students want to return to school please
— 🇳🇬🇧🇯ADJOVI🇧🇯🇳🇬 (@theojovi) May 19, 2020
Covid’19 is real but what NCDC is reporting to us is fake, you stopped interstate travels for over a month now and states that haven’t recorded any case are now recording new cases of Covid’19 how come? #EndCovidScamNow
— chemmie (@chemmzyk) May 19, 2020
March 21st: Nigeria suspends International flights
April 8th: Chinese doctors arrive Nigeria (inspite of the suspension)
May 18th: Chinese doctors cannot go back because international flights are suspended.
— Giem Denise (@DeniseGiem) May 19, 2020
Talking about the isolation centers, some users shared video footage of some activities that are going on there as it appeared that the people in some isolation centers seemed to be hale and hearty. The NCDC, is yet to speak on these allegations levied against them as Nigerians are calling them to stop with just updating them daily with numbers but with also concrete evidence that back their ‘confirmed cases’
Other Twitter users, reacted to a letter allegedly sent by President Trump to the World Health Organization (WHO) after it was alleged the US had discovered some discrepancies with the WHO administration.
— Girl on a mission (@Faithevaspeaks) May 19, 2020
The letter doesn’t suggest Covid19 is a scam, rather it’s holding @WHO accountable for not alerting the world in time of the epidemic nature of the disease that transmuted to a pandemic subsequently. Please read the letter again and show me where it says Covid19 is a scam.
— Brandon Tor (@TorToridb) May 19, 2020
The #EndCovidScamNow is not suggesting that there is no confirmed case in the country, rather, it is pointing out that the government and the NCDC have not been transparent enough about the figures as it concerns the rising number of cases and as well as the released and discharged patients who have recovered from the virus.
Heaven knows I don’t know anybody
Who knows anyone,
Who has an idea of someone
Who has covid-19 in Nigeria .#EndCovidScamNow
— Mizta_Tcharls (@Itz_Tcharls) May 19, 2020
They should just allow us we student resume please…:they should forget that we are the leaders of tomorrow…they should allow us graduate in peace…many of us have passed the age for NYSC #EndCovidScamNow
— iamIJOBAFUAD (@IamIJOBAFUAD) May 19, 2020
A few people who joined this trend were mostly students and those who expressed interest in government affairs as many of them had pointed out that they want to get on back with their lives.
As we all await the NCDC’s clarification on these concerns, the call for transparency must be taken seriously if the fight against the pandemic will be fought with the cooperation of citizens. It will also remain a wise decision for Nigerians to continuously adhere to the various health advisory as the washing of hands regularly, avoid crowded places, practice social distancing amongst others to stay safe.