Don’t let us die of hunger, Osun residents beg govt
Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
As the COVID-19 lockdown hits harder, Osun state residents have appealed to the state government to relax its sit-at-home directive in order not to die of hunger.
This was as Governor Gboyega Oyetola hinted, while addressing newsmen that the lockdown order could be extended until the state is confirmed safe for residents.
The governor, penultimate week, had ordered a total lockdown of the state in a bid to curtail the spread of the deadly virus that is ravaging the world.
Although the governor had assured the citizens that relief items would soon be distributed to cushion the effect of the lockdown, some residents of the state want the governor to relax the order as done by his counterparts in other states.
The Hope gathered that some residents especially traders in Osogbo, have started flouting the government’s directive.
When The Hope visited the popular Oja Oba market, some tomatoes and pepper sellers were seen going about their usual business around 5:30 in the evening.
A tomato seller, who simply identified herself as Iya Kazeem said the lockdown is becoming unbearable as there is nothing at home to eat.
Also sharing a similar view, a pepper seller, Miss Latifat Abdulraheem said the government should come to their aid by relaxing the lockdown and also share relief items to residents.
Also at Alekuwodo market in Osogbo metropolis, some traders were seen displaying their goods around 6 pm.
The youths, in their few numbers, were seen mounting roadblocks at different locations, asking people to give them any amount to eat.
Some of the youths who spoke under anonymity said “government is lying to us, they promised us relief packages but we didn’t see anything. You want us to die of hunger, please just give us any amount in order to eat. No matter what the government shares, it can’t sustain a household for a week.”
It will be recalled that Governor Oyetola last week signed Osun Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 stating that whoever flouts the sit-at-home order risks six months imprisonment.
Reacting, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State Chapter, posited that it is wrong to make stay-at-home order without providing palliative to ease the hardship of people.
The group in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Alfred Adegoke and Kola Ibrahim, said criminalising violators of stay-at-home order without providing palliative for people is tantamount to tyranny and oppression.