What Does Lagos Look Like After The Lockdown Was Eased On May 4th?

May 4, 2020

Since the first Lagos state lockdown was announced and then extended,all Lagosians have been clamoring for is the day when the lockdown will finally be lifted. The good news is that the day has come (Lagos May 4th) but the bad news is Lagos does not look good.

If you’re home self-isolating like everyone should be doing, well done. Here’s a virtual tour of how other Lagosians are spending their time.

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On one side we have people congregated on the roads paying tribute to traffic. The roads are packed with vehicles that are of course filled with people even though the government already put limitations on the capacity vehicles are allowed to carry. Everybody is just freestyling it. Lagos traffic =100000, Social distancing = 0.

Danfos are back on the road with business as usual (angry drivers, chill-less conductors. and vexed passengers). The long bus queues of people waiting to pack themselves into BRT’s are back too. Some of these people are not wearing masks and we only hope that they washed their hands before boarding the buses and after they alight because as we all know, COVID-19 did not come to play.

For some odd reason on the other hand people are rushing into banks. The result is a sea of bodies trying to force themselves in at the same time. Again, no social distancing here.

With all the evidence that people are totally not social distancing. Was it wise for Buhari to have lifted the lockdown? Will the number of Covid-19 casualties increase? Will “Lagos May 4th” morphe into our worst nightmare?

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