#LockdownLagos: If you want to stay law abiding, avoid Gbagada

While we will agree that many residents of Lagos have seriously flouted the rules to stay home and stay safe, celebrities seem to be the ones who are ‘dragged’ on social media for not doing what they preach.

It started with comedian, Sydney Talker – Egere Sydney – who supposedly made a prank call to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). And when Nigerians called him out, the story changed. He has since apologised:

And before Nigerians had moved on from that, popular actor, director and producer, Funke Akindele – fondly called Jenifa – posted videos of a party organised for her husband at their home; alongside Naira Marley, and some others.

The backlash came almost as soon as possible. But it was not the same everywhere. She only subscribed to Twitter backlash and got it rightly – almost no one was going to allow such to pass without complaints. “We are all observing social distancing and lockdown. Why are people partying and allowed to?” She apologised and explained after:

But this got to Police and she was arrested. She was also taken to court. However, in an attempt to make things right…

It does not end there.

A total lockdown was announced – with cogent reasons – and security agents were asked to ensure this happens. There are exceptions though but it’s untrue that residents of the three states are observing the lockdown. And this is where Gbagada comes in.

Pictures of people – a lot of them – were seen along the Gbagada-Oshodi expressway doing several kinds of exercises. The pictures also indicate that some of them were playing football on the road. You then ask yourself how all these things are happening and you are to remain a law-abiding citizen.

What is a lockdown? 

In Wikipedia’s tongue, ‘a lockdown is an emergency protocol that usually prevents people or information from leaving an area.’

In this case, the lockdown prevents people from moving around and ensures social distancing. It means that people should not be found in clusters, so the virus – COVID-19 – is contained and we all go back to our lives.

The idea is to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further. But what are these people doing? See pictures:

Call them the fitness freaks who think they are doing the right thing observing their fitness routines the wrong way.

How else do we preach social distancing? Or is the spread of COVID-19 still a joke to people?

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If only these people and all the other people who have REFUSED to take the lockdown serious understand the implications of their actions.

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