Thursday, October 1

Abia Index Case: How We Tell Our Stories Negatively

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J Duke Anago wrote;

Regrettably, after my post yesterday that aside Akwa Ibom, the discharge of the two cases in Rivers means Eastern Nigeria is free of active COVID-19 cases. Abia recorded two new cases. Seems like this would get to all states.

However, I am not worried about Abia’s preparation. I am very much aware that the state is far ahead than most states, in preparation for the management and treatment of COVID-19 cases.

I have followed diligently, the pronouncements and efforts of the state government and I am very impressed. What many don’t know is that Lagos State, the epicentre, is actually imitating Abia State strategies, even when they do not have any case until yesterday.

For instance, Abia state enforced the compulsory use of face mask on the 15th of April see article:

Yesterday, Lagos copied. See article.

Not only this, upon return from his trip abroad, the Governor announced various strategies the state government would embark during this pandemic. As someone from the education sector, the governors allocation of N10m for online learning to the state university caught my attention. As at the time he provided this fund, (23rd March) no state in Nigeria including the federal government remembered education sector. See article:

Five days later, on the 29th of March, Lagos followed suit. See article:

We must continue to applaud leaders in Igboland who are proactive and think ahead. We must not allow only negative narratives paint the picture of Igboland for us. It is because of our negative narrative of Igboland that arms someone who have not visited Igboland before to conclude Igbos don’t have roads in our rural areas; even when our rural areas are by far better than most rural areas of any region in Nigeria.

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And this negative narrative is holding water outside Igboland because we don’t have in Igboland, access to massive media coverage, like Lagos state. The only newspaper owned by an Igbo person is Sun. I don’t know the state of Authority Newspaper by Ifeanyi Uba. We do not even have private TVs outside state owned TVs with coverage limited to the state alone. None of the state TVs are on DSTV even when Lagos TV, a state-owned TV is on Dstv.

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Nobody will tell our stories if we don’t tell it ourselves. While you are quick to share negative stories about our leaders, ask yourself how many of your friends from other tribes share negative fake news about their leaders?

Most of the Igbo people that hail Sanwo Olu for his daily briefings on COVID-19, I am certain never watched the briefings of their Governors or even aware that Abia made similar pronouncements before Lagos State. Even if you share such news, we are not interested. We are not interested in good news in Igoland. We are only excited about bad governance.

We can do better ndi Igbo.

Weldon Abia state. You guys are doing well. Compulsory use of face mask is the way forward. Hopefully, it will be available at a subsidised rate, to reduce the spread.

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Collectively, we must defeat COVID-19.

Pls follow me on Twitter @DrJCAnago

Note : Abia State Governor started the campaign for local production of facemasks and other PPEs by releasing fund to tailors as well as patronizing them for sharing to churches and communities. Many States are following the lead.

Abia also paid radio stations to enable pastors preach to their members on Sundays so they can enjoy the sermon from home.


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COMR AMOS KALU

Comr Amos Kalu is the CEO/Editor-in-Chief OHAFIA-TV News. He is a writer, teacher, computer/ICT Expert and website developer that is taking blogging to a whole new level of empowerment for the youths.
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