A post once trended on social media about an email that was sent to a tech team about a problem, ending with “can somebody look into this?” When an important job such as this has been assigned to be done by everybody, everybody was sure that anybody would do it because anybody could have done it but no one is doing it. While it was everybody’s job, everybody thought that anybody could do it, but nobody realized that everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done.
With the rise in the number of new coronavirus cases in Nigeria. Many State Governments have enforced strict social distancing rules, to curb the further spread of the virus. These rules have become everybody’s responsibility yet, nobody’s responsibility. The present state of peoples attitude towards the prevention and spread of coronavirus particularly in Africa is alarming, particularly how some people are taking advantage of this moment to capitalize on frightened citizens.
Take for instance that you are buying a pack of disposable face masks that was sold for $4 at $17 because everyone everywhere requires it. it was also reported that a pack of respiratory face mask and hand sanitizer is now four (4) times the initial market price since the official confirmation of Covid 19 in Nigeria. So, what can we do differently?
It is everybody’s responsibility to be accountable, responsible and responsive to the common concerns in the world. Being responsible, gives us a sense of accountability for whom we lead, what we’re in charge of or what we want to become. Take for instance that everybody is responsible for the wellbeing of everybody, staying at home and taking all necessary precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus.
It is everybody’s responsibility, yet, differently our unique contributions will make the difference.