COVID19: The World and I, by Ilemona Abraham

The world swims in the turbulent waters of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its consequent unrest and destabilization of normal life. As we continue to swim through and against the tide of this pandemic, we all ought to embark on a soul searching mission, reflection and some kind of personal analysis. This will help us not only to stay safe and overcome the moment but to plan and live the life beyond -years to come.

“When we dot our I’s and cross our T’s Properly, we will know without being prophetic that the following facts are obvious: first this will linger till about midyear (June-July) globally. Secondly, the world will never remain the same”.

In the light of the aforementioned realities. We all should ask ourselves very important questions such as: am I going to be counted among the survivors? And if I am privileged to be a survivor, how prepared, well equipped am I for the upcoming reality? Am I really updated and on an even pace with global realities? How can I be relevant to myself and to the people of the new globe?

Let us imagine or think around some postulations. Presume that the COVID-19 pandemic is an agenda to depopulate the world. If that is the case, the smartest quote that comes to mind here is the Charles Darwin’s quote on evolution; “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. Can my present state of mind and value-added to the society stand the new global realities, or am I going to be redundant in very few months and years to come? In my place of work, considering my skills and certifications, am I going to be laid off? Can my company/firm do without me? Even when you are working for the government, let me shock you, many nations are going bankrupt in their GDP and Foreign Reserves which obviously Nigeria the headquarter of poverty is not left out. Meaning that months and years ahead, even the Federal Government would not be able to pay salaries. Faced with this reality this biblical steward’s soliloquy comes to mind, “Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. Luke 16:3. And I wish to add on a lighter note stealing? Death and jail terms await me. Therefore, everyone has to think outside the box to survive.

Let us imagine another postulation; presuming COVID-19 Pandemic is a global war between China and America or G8 countries. (United States of America, Russia, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and United Kingdom). This brings to mind the common African proverb that says; “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” meaning that the weak gets hurt in conflicts between the powerful. Where does my Country Nigeria fall in this analogy with regards to its political, economic, technical status? Obviously the weak category. Therefore, if the big guys are fighting, Nigeria and many other African countries will surely get hurt. No more charity funds, because more money will be needed by those nations to fight their “wars”. There will be little or no foreign investors. Therefore, less money for the government to sustain their luxury not to even talk of remembering the Masses.

And remember when I talk about being relevant to the new globe, it is not only about Nigeria. Let me ask you; if after Covid-19 pandemic, you are granted an Express Visa to America or any of the advanced countries, what impact are you going to create? How relevant will you be to that country? What will you be doing to survive? It is not enough to say “I will Hustle” remember that is not your comfort zone and not your father’s land.

Worthy of note, is the fact that the problem of Nigeria is not only about President Muhammadu Buhari. Because the next three presidents of Nigeria are going to dish to us same or similar governance. You know why? Because the political system and atmosphere is already toxic; so it is going to be so difficult for any government to make things right. We are yet to see that determination and plan in any of them.

So, faced with all these realities, what is going to keep one going in the new global order? Primarily, gain more self discipline; learn more skills-Be at least cyber literate (beyond the social media, what else do you know about the cyber world?). Be open minded and malleable; be innovative!


Ilemona ABRAHAM is a reverend father in the Archdiocese of Abuja.

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