Covid-19: Lessons Learnt

Category: Reports | Posted date: 2020-03-31 17:56:38 | Updated date: 2020-04-01 15:23:21 | Posted by: Mercy-Babs News


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I have also come to the understanding that despite the tussle of power supremacy among the desperate nations of the world, none of them prepared for the latent war. The world was not in any way ready for this catastrophe


Covid-19: Lessons Learnt

As we all know what is going on around the world—Covid-19 pandemic has got everybody panicking. As much as the world hope for the best of its containment the worst we experience.


In your emergency compulsory holiday that looks like self- or family-isolation, what have you been able to learn from this situation so far?

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As for me I have really learnt a lot:

1. That when God strikes, He doesn’t spare the rich. who you are does not matter, your wealth, riches and influence can not save you. According to the Bible, Proverbs 11:4
“Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death”

2. I have also come to the understanding that despite the tussle of power supremacy among the desperate nations of the world, none of them prepared for the latent war. The world was not in any way ready for this catastrophe.


The world powers were busy making weapons of mass destruction—atomic bombs and numerous nuclear weapons but never mindful of building things that could save humanity in case of something like what we are experiencing today. Can the weapons of mass destruction save us from the ravaging Covid-19?


No wonder Thomas Hobbes claimed that “Human society is constantly in a state of nature where life is not only brutish, nasty, short but also highly laborious”. This narrative succinctly captures the contemporary international system where, according to the realist, “actors and players are constantly in a milky mouse race to actualise their selfish interest at the expense of others”.

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If superpower actors are going to test there weapons of destruction, they use weaker actors for experiment. Covid-19 is a latent war devouring the superpower and weaker actors simultaneously.


Those that are not infected directly by the virus are victims of it indirectly as the world economy has fast enter into recession occasioned by the Covid-19 outbreak. Whether you are strong or weak, we are all in it together.


Nigerian Politicians kept amassing riches without caring to build standardised infrastructures including health facilities. At the sting of hornet on their finger they ran abroad for medical care. The unprivileged masses are dying of hunger and failing health daily at home. Now, we are all locked down in Nigeria to face the pandemic where there is no up-to-standard hospitals, medical facilities and equipment.


Reports say the almighty Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria has only two ventilators in the storm of pandemic respiratory virus that is highly infectious. Not even 1 in the Aso Rock medical center (Even with the billions of Naira budgeted yearly for this center. we are now all running helter-skelter. The giant of Africa is apprehensive, griped with the fear of mass death.


I guess our politicians have no idea or might have forgotten what the Bible says about the poor Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31. And also in
Luke 12:16-21
16 He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, 17 so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ [b]20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ [/b]21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”

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Now riches have lost their value. This should be a lesson to everyone that money is not everything in life. I will beseech us all to be calm according to Femi Bamigboye in his recent Facebook post “Covid-19: If you are on the Lord’s side, fear not.”


Coronavirus is an army of the Lord as the Lord Himself described His “great army” in the Bible, Joel 2:25. It is time to understand that only God is the superpower—in the presence of His “great army” the conference of global armies and their nuclear weapons are useless.


Covid-19 will soon disappear—it should leave us with a new sense, reorientation and genuine love for one another. We should seek to war together as a people, a nation or nations against invisible enemy rather than warring against one another for fun and power competition.


Stay safe!

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Olayinka Olalekan Popoola 

olaolayinka56@gmail.com 

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