After weeks of muffled conversations and obscured faces, the craze for masks and the overall safety directive has sadly come to an unannounced end.

And this doesn’t mean that the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has waned in anyway, as a matter of fact the numbers have taken a more astronomical trajectory in the last few days.

403 as at the last count, bringing the total number of infected people to 16,085.

But the manner in which Lagosians are strutting about uncovered is a little disconcerting.

This is not altogether surprising, because Lagos has a history of half-hearted supervision efforts, when it comes to galvanizing people to act responsibly. The compulsory use of okada helmets some years ago, the mandatory vehicle license campaign and other overlooked directives have given people a sense that the obedience curve eventually flattens, all you need to do is just wait it out because the authorities will get tired soon enough and move on to other things.

A cursory look around the city will reveal a cross section of people milling around the streets in their hundreds, mask less, giving you the impression that there wasn’t a time when masks were a mandatory part of going out.

The shocking part of the situation is that there is no official arm of the state enlisted to supervise and process offenders of the highly celebrated Mask Up Lagos initiative. 

Mask sellers, who just a few days ago were the most sought after merchants in the city, are slowly rethinking their overall business strategies, as sales of masks plummet.

But beyond the aesthetic of ‘being seen’ as doing our part of the global initiative to flatten the curve, people are truly endangering themselves. With hordes of Lagosians crammed into commercial buses daily and with the new instructions to kick off events around the city, there is no way that the statistics can be lenient with us.

The truth is that despite our best efforts to forestall the spread of the corona virus, by initiating the initial lockdown back in March, we are sadly worse off than we were.

And although it is amazing news that about 5220 people have so far recovered from the virus, but that doesn’t in anyway sterilize the gloomy statistics that 420 others have died.

After weeks of muffled conversations and obscured faces, the craze for masks and the overall safety directive has sadly come to an unannounced end.

And this doesn’t mean that the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has waned in anyway, as a matter of fact the numbers have taken a more astronomical trajectory in the last few days.

403 as at the last count, bringing the total number of infected people to 16,085.

But the manner in which Lagosians are strutting about uncovered is a little disconcerting.

This is not altogether surprising, because Lagos has a history of half-hearted supervision efforts, when it comes to galvanizing people to act responsibly. The compulsory use of okada helmets some years ago, the mandatory vehicle license campaign and other overlooked directives have given people a sense that the obedience curve eventually flattens, all you need to do is just wait it out because the authorities will get tired soon enough and move on to other things.

A cursory look around the city will reveal a cross section of people milling around the streets in their hundreds, mask less, giving you the impression that there wasn’t a time when masks were a mandatory part of going out.

The shocking part of the situation is that there is no official arm of the state enlisted to supervise and process offenders of the highly celebrated Mask Up Lagos initiative. 

Mask sellers, who just a few days ago were the most sought after merchants in the city, are slowly rethinking their overall business strategies, as sales of masks plummet.

But beyond the aesthetic of ‘being seen’ as doing our part of the global initiative to flatten the curve, people are truly endangering themselves. With hordes of Lagosians crammed into commercial buses daily and with the new instructions to kick off events around the city, there is no way that the statistics can be lenient with us.

The truth is that despite our best efforts to forestall the spread of the corona virus, by initiating the initial lockdown back in March, we are sadly worse off than we were.

And although it is amazing news that about 5220 people have so far recovered from the virus, but that doesn’t in anyway sterilize the gloomy statistics that 420 others have died.

If we, as a state, find it a little hard to get people to obey the simple directive of masking up, then we probably don’t have a chance of enforcing the more tedious task of hand washing.

If we, as a state, find it a little hard to get people to obey the simple directive of masking up, then we probably don’t have a chance of enforcing the more tedious task of hand washing.

This article was written by Henri ‘Yireconnect on Instagram with him here

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