#StopCovidLies: Here’s why Nigerians think they’re being lied to


From the day the first case of the coronavirus was announced in Nigeria, there have been many who are of the opinion that it has all been a lie – the first case, the daily reported figures, the report on the isolation centers, and even the report on the recovered cases.

If you’d agree, social media has become a very powerful tool in this age and time with its many benefits to its users, social media has now become a tool for many people to air their views on many matters that concerns them directly or indirectly. On Twitter, it is not uncommon for Nigerians to express their displeasure on government activities they perceive as incomprehensive or false.

The trend #StopCovidLies is one among many trends that have called out the federal government and the NCDC on what has been perceived as a foul play on the case of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Following the release of a video that showed an isolation center in Kano, many Nigerians, as earlier, have detected a foul play on the figures as released by the NCDC. The video showed footage of the isolation centre as of April 8, occupied with patients and care-givers only to reveal the supposed isolation centre deserted.

With that video, many have aired their views, pointing out that the government is lying about the cases and figures in Nigeria. Hence, the trend on #StopCovidLies.

With many calling out the NCDC, some have pointed out that the COVID-19 cases in Nigeria are all a propaganda the government is using to extort citizens. Some drew the attention of others to the earlier reported cases of people dying in Kano as they shared details that make them believe that they are being lied to.

In an earlier trend where the NCDC and the federal government were also dragged over the figures and their lack of transparency, the duo did not respond to Nigerians but have always and persistently stressed the need for social distancing.

Nigerians are complaining about businesses being halted, schools being shut down and religious and social gatherings being restricted and they are not saying that there isn’t any coronavirus strand in Nigeria, but about the figures being released by the NCDC.

As it appears, this trend comes with a lot of emotions for many Nigerians who joined this trend, however, many also pointed out that people should, in their best ability, maintain and observe social distancing as best as they can.

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