We are slowly settling.
The lockdown is taking its toll. People are now more concerned about survival than an intangible, end-of-the-world nemesis.
The lockdown has come full circle, at least in Nigeria. A full month of the highly-elusive but copiously-published relief palliatives has done nothing but created angst among the people.
If you sometimes feel an indistinct rumble of anger somewhere around your mid-section or a slight heart tremor of uncertainty scarily-close to your heart, you are probably entering frustration mode. You are not alone though.
In America, protests have broken out signaling the first phase of lockdown frustrations and Brazil is not far behind. Placard-carrying, angry mobs are defying the stay-at-home directive to protest the onset of the dreaded cabin fever brought about by prolonged isolation.
But we are nowhere near the end. Experts say it would take a couple more months for everything to return to normal. What that normal would look like is anybody’s guess.
So keeping a level head in the midst of all the madness is now more than ever a must, if we must survive this madness and come out sane on the other side.
One of the many reasons for the palpable unrest seeping through the ranks, is surprisingly not the vibrant proliferation of fake news that has plagued the internet in the wake of the pandemic, but a persistent and unscientific ‘explanation’ by veritable religious stakeholders about the origin and demise of the virus.
Religion is big in Nigeria, with charismatic figures in religion easily getting more ratings than money-disbursing politicians. It’s just the way we are wired.
We love God or at least a benevolent version of Him.
So when a pastor or another brand of religious ambassador forms an opinion about a situation, Nigerians have been known to take it as divinely administered.
But Nigerians are slowly getting a little disoriented about opinions.
We have had to figure out spiritual ‘directives’ as regards the Corona virus end-date (March ending), far-right conspiracies about 5 G technologies, vaccine politicizing and imaginative end-of-the-world theories, all woven together by people who hold no discernible degree in medicine or advanced telecommunications.
But there is a shift.
The glaring inconsistencies in the theories peddled by religious leaders are making Nigerians, for the first time, to question the authenticity of certain spiritual directives.
So instead of swallowing an opinion just because it is delivered by a religious stakeholder, people are now resorting to double-checking them for authenticity.
For many hyper-religious, followers of the cross, this is tantamount to spiritual heresy and shows a total lack of spiritual responsibility, but it is by all aspects and without a doubt, right.
As skeptical as you will be if your babysitter suddenly starts dishing out advice about living on Mars, is how you should take any advice from unqualified personnel; even if it happens to be your pastor.
A rule of thumb should be, hold back on sharing any opinion as fact, until you have heard from an expert on the matter.
Simply take it with a pinch of salt.
And this is not to throw shade on the authenticity of religious figures as a whole. They are without doubt great points of references when it comes to dishing out wisdom nuggets about the complex relationships between God and man, but they are simply not authorities at everything.
No one is.
So do your part in helping people stay calm through this crisis, because a less agitated populace is a more right thinking one and we need that now more than ever.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here