My favorite reggae artist, the late Robert Nesta Marley, popularised the Bible verse on the efficacy of the small axe. Certainly, there are a number of Biblical references to the small axe. Bob Marley, nonetheless, sang about these working iniquity to realize self-importance and declared
So, in case you are an enormous tree
We’re the small axe
Prepared to chop you down (effectively sharp)
To chop you down
The coronavirus has change into a small axe with the capability to carry down the large tree. It has humbled the main nations of this period, from the United States via the United Kingdom to the nations of Europe. It has taken a tiny invisible virus to carry each nation and excessive-rating official down a number of notches.
The small axe of the coronavirus hit a number of nations exhausting. Italy is primary. Consultants are nonetheless attempting to unravel why the preponderance of deaths per case of greater than ten per cent in Italy towards the norm of lower than 5 per cent in different international locations. As a result of of coronavirus, the world is shutting down. Cities throughout the world are on lockdown.
Clever folks study from the experiences of others as direct experiencing could be very costly. Sadly, Nigeria didn’t study in the first two months of this pandemic because it ravaged numerous international locations. We refused to take constructive and exhausting selections to make sure that we don’t go the route of these international locations.
Now, we’re at Corona Gate. The numbers of the affected enhance day by day. Extra considerably, disclosures about events and conferences by our eminent residents throughout the world bear out the claims beforehand underground that our numbers are grossly underneath-reported.
The small axe of coronavirus is humbling the excessive and mighty of Nigeria. Nigerias huge males distinguish themselves by recalcitrance, boorish conduct and disregard for the legal guidelines they both made or are purported to implement. It’s thus not shocking to study that members of the Nationwide Meeting disregarded the simplistic exams FAAN officers perform at the airports. They simply walked previous and refused to self-isolate. Very typical.
The coronavirus has change into a small axe with the capability to carry down the large tree. It has humbled the main nations of this period, from the United States via the United Kingdom to the nations of Europe. It has taken a tiny invisible virus to carry each nation and excessive-rating official down a number of notches
Coronavirus has declared battle on nations. Every day, we watch as leaders of numerous nations, from the developed world to different African international locations, lead from the entrance in briefing their residents and appearing decisively. It often includes each the government and the legislative arms. On the opposite, our battle councils shut down in obvious abdication. From the Federal Govt Council, the Nationwide Council of States via the Nationwide Meeting, they took off somewhat than lead from the entrance and guarantee residents of their dedication to tackling the problem.
From being a small axe, coronavirus has remodeled into the huge tree. Coronavirus in Nigeria has commenced with the elite, bringing out the many paradoxes of governance and management in our land. Our clinics are mere consulting clinics, the purpose the man who popularised that time period all the time goes overseas regardless of voting large sums for the clinic proper the place we home him. Reactions on-line to the incidents of constructive exams for coronavirus by the excessive and mighty speaks volumes about social relations in our nation. It’s unhappy and horrifying.
Nations and their residents should now carry out their small axes to chop down the huge tree of coronavirus We should achieve this collectively, every particular person lifting the different.
We should apply the Neighbour Principle that urges all to make sure that our actions don’t trigger hurt or harm to our neighbour. Our neighbour is anybody prone to undergo a consequence, constructive or unfavorable, from our actions. It’s best to be the Good Samaritan of which the Lord Jesus spoke in the Christian Holy E book.
On this rating, Warranty Belief Financial institution earns large plaudits for its motion that epitomises each the Neighbour Principle and finest apply in Company Social Funding. Tomorrow, in keeping with GTB MD Segun Agbaje, the financial institution will open to the public its 100-bed hospital that will equip Nigeria additional to deal with take care of individuals stricken by the coronavirus.
The GTB bequest represents greater than one million small axes to assist minimize down the huge tree to which the small axe of coronavirus has remodeled. Nigeria wants extra of such. Who can manufacture ventilators in adequate numbers and high quality for once we want them? Who has the capability for doing masks? Who would provide sanitizers? Are our pharmaceutical companies able to manufacture medication reminiscent of oxychloroquine recognized as promising? Which labs can do the take a look at for coronavirus? How rapidly can we construct and equip sturdy laboratories throughout the nation?
The truth is that many of our residents in huge cities reminiscent of Lagos might not have farms in the yard from which to pluck necessities throughout this era. Attain out to neighbours. Go to. Help those that might not have the ability to top off.
The name of right now is for residents, company and particular person, to carry out the small axe of kindness, apply the Neighbour Principle and function Good Nigerians (Samaritans) one to the different.
Even now the axe is laid to the root of the bushes. Each tree due to this fact that doesn’t bear good fruit is minimize down and thrown into the fireplace Matt 3:10