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 Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele is the founder of INRI Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo, Lagos State. A renowned prophet known for his annual prophesy which has become widely accepted, the man of God spoke with Lukmon Akintola and Adaobi John on the state of the nation, the 2023 election, the future of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this interview.

In 2019, you released prophesies for the year, how would you evaluate them?

Our prophesies came to pass. For instance, we prophesied about the removal of the Federal Inland Revenue Service boss, Tunde Fowler. We also did about the problems in Zimbabwe, the incident in Venezuela and the elections of Kogi and Bayelsa States. These were things that God showed us and we prophesied about. We also said that there will be crisis among the members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which must be resolved before it is too late because the All Progressive Congress (APC), will make a lot of efforts and also look for ways to win the election in Bayelsa State. We said that the PDP must put their house in order if they want to win. APC will employ and meet different moves to destroy the activities of the PDP government in Bayelsa State. If the APC adopts a new strategy and does the needful, it will capture the state. APC will want to use a technicality to win by all means possible. PDP should be firm and do what is right. These were published on page 42 of our book, ‘Warning To The Nations 2019.’ We also prophesied about the crisis in Lebanon and the change in government. All of these and more came to pass.

You have maintained that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is not people-friendly, has your prophecy changed in 2020?

The government of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has disappointed Nigerians.

Will the situation get any better?

Again, what I will say is that under the APC government, the economy will not be what we expect. The country is going through hard times. Let us pray against another recession and inflation.

2023 will witness a change in government, will President Muhammadu Buhari step down at the end of his tenure?

 In 2023, a powerful coalition is the only thing that can remove the president and the APC government. APC will crack, I can see it. Also, there is going to be an amendment of the constitution. Nevertheless, I am seeing that our National Assembly will not be able to do what is needed.

Can you make a categorical statement on the supposed third term agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari?

There is nothing like a third term agenda. That can never see the light of the day. It is dead on arrival. Anybody promoting this is just wasting his time.

Senator Bola Tinubu has been rumoured to have a presidential ambition in 2023, what has God shown you?

The truth remains the same. The cabals will work against Tinubu’s ambition. I foresee that the 2023 election will pose serious tension, as the north will want to continue to be in power. They will do anything to ensure they remain in power. The Yoruba people clamouring to become the next president of the country should seek the face of God before they embark on any journey. The Igbo will not be recognised in 2023. The 2023 election will be tough and challenging. The geo-political zones who have sold their right are still going to regret it because anybody that talks or opposes what the government is doing will face so many threats and will be eventually arrested.

Let’s talk party politics, what does the future hold for PDP?

PDP will be divided, likewise APC.

Will the chairmen of the parties remain on their seats before the 2023 election?

I am not seeing them on any seat, which is what I said before. I am seeing a new chairman in APC and also in PDP.

You have continuously talked about the division in the various parties, are we ever going to see the change we desire?

Our democracy is threatened because I am not seeing the real democracy. If we are still using money to run politics, there is no way that rigging will stop. So, that is just it. Democracy will cause a lot of problems and will break Nigeria. I foresee future referendum coming.

 

There is no doubt that the country needs prayers, where should they be directed to?

Let us pray against this terrorist issue again, I am seeing another kind of terrorist group that is coming up. Some state governors will face challenges because they will not perform well. We have to pray against sicknesses and diseases. Our health sector will also be nothing to write home about. Also, journalists in Nigeria need prayers because the government will be running after them. We need to pray. I see the death of a pastor. I see the government rising against churches; I am not seeing anything serious or fantastic. I foresee the South-West will start producing food. Let us pray for success on this to make it work as planned. I foresee that border closure will help the country grow in terms of Agriculture. People will want to sabotage the economy. There will be economic troubles in the country. The government should look into the economy. It should be taken seriously to give the country an everlasting solution. There will be unsettlement in the country in the year 2020. So many things will come up against this government. The standard of living will be high and it will affect the common man even the rich. There will still be inflation and hunger in the country.

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Can you mention the states that will face challenges?

States like Lagos State, Kaduna State, Adamawa State, Niger State, and so many other states. For instance, the Ondo State governor, he has begun to face some challenges.

Earlier you spoke briefly about the economy, can you be more detailed, what has God shown you?

I have not seen anything serious about our economy. I have not seen improvement as expected, even our Agricultural sector. Farmers will be assisted and encouraged by borrowing them money, but the money will not be accounted for. The government will distribute fertilizers to the farmers to enhance their farm crops and fake fertilizers will be given also. The local manufacturer will make various efforts to promote all our local goods. The country will pump more money into Agriculture to make the people and the country happy. The government will not be able to push the Agriculture so well. The government should work on Agriculture well. Nigeria is one of the best countries in the world, but we have bad leaders. We don’t have a considerate government, what we have is a government that is not fair to the people, and a government that does not care about the well-being of the society. The common food that we buy will witness an increase in price. I am talking of things like bread, and ‘pure water.’ Factories will also go on strike. So, if the government has done it right, we won’t be seeing all of these. And then the N30000 minimum wage they are talking about, they are just deceiving the workers because some governors will not be able to pay. The country will face serious economic challenges. The government will do a lot to improve the country but will still be faced with counter challenges. The 2020 budget will not drive the need of the people.

Will the political tension in the country get any better?

Political tension will rise. There will be issues and clashes between Yoruba and Hausa, Ibo and Hausa. I foresee protests and counter-protest against the government. Let the country pray against confusion. Nigeria will face a lot of challenges as they will embark on certain steps to normalise and checkmate its security challenges. Despite all of this, there will still be security challenges in major parts of the country. Nigeria is still sitting on a time bomb that may explode. The country should pray for peace and unity. I foresee a new flag in the world i.e. another country will emerge. Some countries will come out of another country. Let us pray to rebuke the death of a present and former minister, former governor, and former president in Nigeria. There will be some threat from Boko Haram as they will come in various dimensions to threaten Nigeria’s security. I foresee soldiers being killed and attacked. Moreover, there will be several killings of Boko Haram in March, April, and May. Boko Haram will come out for retaliation. I foresee some personalities being kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect even as I foresee them being caught in the process of trying to spread their tentacles and there will be different ways of kidnapping. There will be several security challenges from the Boko Haram sect even as they are still going to attack a military base between March and June; so the security personnel should watch and be vigilant. Members of the Boko Haram will be arrested. The amnesty on Boko Haram will cause major problems.

Hate Speech is one word which has been thrown around a lot in recent times, is there anything like that?

There is nothing like hate speech.

The battle between Governor Godwin Obaseki and Adams Oshiomole rages on, who will win?

Whatever Adams Oshiomhole does to fight Obaseki, he will fail and Obaseki will still retain the seat as the governor of Edo State.

Will Governor Akeredolu win his second term election?

Akeredolu will face challenges in his bid for a second term. They will fight him, but APC will still succeed and will still retain Ondo State because PDP does not have any seat there.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has not witnessed any major achievement in recent time, what is happening?

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The leadership of the NFF should be changed. The point is this, the NFF has the wrong people as their leader. You know what, our problems are numerous. We are putting wrong people in positions, people who are not capable of delivering. We don’t have their dossier, we just say because he is this and that, we just give them the office to occupy. There are some certain places where we don’t need to do all of that. It is very important to note that there will be a lot of crisis in NFF.

We have notable pastors in this country that support the government, are they not saying the right prayers?

The right people are not being called to pray for the country. The prayers for the country are being said by people who do not see anything wrong about the government, whether they are doing it right or not, all you say is that it is well. Yes, the government is doing right; yes the government is doing well. That is all you ever hear. APC and PDP have disappointed Nigerians.

Let us go international, Donald Trump appears to be getting more controversial, has God shown you that he will complete his first term in office?

I still stand by my prophecy that Donald Trump will not leave the office until the end of his term. Trump’s impeachment will not be realistic. Trump will make efforts to have a second term but it will be difficult. He will look for all means to win. The American election will be tough. If the Democrats want to win the next election, they have to pick Joe Biden as their presidential candidate. They should work on places like Ohio, Florida, Maldives, and Pennsville because Trump will not be so easy to unseat, but he will find every means to have a second term. Joe Biden will be the best candidate to unseat Trump. Democrats must work well to bring the Republican Party down in the coming election. The Democrats must also re-strategise and work as a team; then seek God’s direction. America will be attacked like that of September 11, but when exactly I don’t know. I see killings in schools, shooting of policemen, fire outbreak, flood and an emergency in the country that may want to disrupt the power supply. The US should be careful in 10 years as the country may fall. There will be heat and attack in the United Kingdom. The country will experience climate changes and disasters. The UK will witness ups and downs even as the employment rate will be poor. The country will witness an attack and fire outbreak. There will be an attempt on the Prime Minister. The UK will lose a prominent person. The British economy will be unhealthy.

Generally, what else should we anticipate in 2020?

There will be a divide among Fuji musicians, even in PMAN. Let us pray not to lose anyone in the entertainment industry. PMAN will have a crisis and let us pray against the death of a former PMAN president. Let us pray not to lose any hip hop artist. The comedians should pray for protection against sickness. Malaika should be careful with his band boys in order not to witness betrayal or loss of a major show. Pasuma should be prayerful not to experience an unexpected situation that will cause him to lose money or international recognition. Osupa should pray not to run into debt or lose any of his band boys. He should also pray against trouble that could lead to a court matter. Nolllywood stars should pray to rebuke sickness.

 

 

There is no doubt that you are one of the most accurate prophets in Nigeria, how would you rate yourself?

It is not my place to rate myself. I am only a servant of God, and I say what he reveals to me. However, in Nigeria today, our prophecy stands and those who recognise it, recognise it. I remain a prophet in this country and anywhere in this world. If you are counting prophets that are respected so much, I will be within one to five.

Misinterpretation is synonymous with prophecies, how do you explain this?

A lot of people sometimes misinterpret messages. The fact is that you can’t interpret the message of God as you would interpret a book.

Can you explain further?

Writing spiritual messages is for gifted people, it is not for all who can write properly. The way you write political news is different from the way you write prophecies.

Tell us about the prophets that you respect in Nigeria?

I respect Prophet Olabayo most because he is the number one prophet in this country, even though he is incapacitated. Other prophets write prophecy on papers and read them one after the other, saying see what the Lord says, or this is what the Lord will do. I don’t believe in all that.

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Making Sense Of Oshiomhole’s Reprieve

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abiodun KOMOLAFE

 

Once upon a sociopolitical space, there was an unknown ‘Edo Boy’, who came into limelight through the Textiles Industry, where he was a paid secretary of its Union. (Conventionally, paid secretaries are never made political heads. But Adams Oshiomhole became the political head of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, which, in itself, was an anomaly). The emergence of the Iyamho, Edo State-born politician as a leader in Nigeria was aided by the society’s sociopolitical milieu. Why? A quick look should suffice.

 

First and foremost, the society’s worldview was laissez-faire and regrettably assuming. The ruling paradigm, then, was that man was created noble, and his inner nature was inherently good. Not only that, the uncertainty in the country’s political firmament, and the little or no skepticism as a political virtue on the part of the masses, all met at the table to foist the former governor on the hapless citizens of Nigeria. Besides, the complacency as well as the faith of the majority in a benevolent God who cares for all, thereby lessening the burden of responsibilities of good governance on governments, and the pliability of the government, under which Oshiomhole served as Labour’s first citizen, also aided his emergence as a force to be reckoned with. In other words, though regarded as NLC president, somewhere along the line, ‘Comrade’ became a tool in the hands of the government; and ‘the rest is history.’

 

But, how did the situation between Oshimhole and Godwin Obaseki become so messy that the latter is now calling for the former’s head? That the situation between the godfather, who practically installed the godson as his successor, to have so worsened means that something fundamental must be wrong. Again, for Obaseki’s camp to have confessed that it was only following in the footsteps of Oshiomhole clearly spoke to how he who lives in glass house must not throw stones. But, if we may ask: what gives our former governors this impression that they must continue to have a hold on the states where they have once served, if not for the reason of corruption? Why can’t they emulate Kashim Shettima, who is now at peace with himself as a former governor? Nonetheless, the feud in Edo is good for the masses, because such will always bring out the best in a democracy.

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After Jimmy Carter left office as the 39th President of the United States of America, he confessed to a stunned world that, for the first time, he understood what ‘African leaders always feel when they want to leave office.’ Well, this statement might seem innocuous or harmless; but it was thought-provoking! The good thing about Carter was that he knew that he had no choice because that’s the Constitution; and Americans have a lot of respect for their Constitution! But, as far as the Africanness in us is concerned, the Constitution can go to blazes! That’s why former President Olusegun Obasanjo has the temerity to attempt a shameful 3rd Term ambition that adoringly placed a dent on what would, at least, have been an alluring legacy.

 

Let’s come back to the apparent lack of cohesion in the national All Progressives Congress(APC) and the notorious little foxes, such as Oshiomhole’sface-off with his state governor. Without doubt, these can spell doom for the continued success and sustenance of the ruling party, if not quickly and efficiently addressed. Yes, some forces may succeed in muscling Obaseki out of the 2nd Term race. But then, as long as Obaseki’s problem remains unsolved, Oshiomhole’s case will also remain precarious. Why? The governor is most likely to raise dust; and, if he does, that will be bad news for the party; no longer for President Muhammadu Buhari, but the party. After all, Buhari is already negotiating his way out of Aso Rock! The more reason the president must genuinely intervene now, even, when the waning nature of party supremacy in Nigeria dictates otherwise.

 

That’s not all! There is also an effect on the political participation profile of the masses. For instance, lack of cohesion in a political party is an indication that the party is disorganized. And, if it is, it will also yield itself to ineffective government. After all, nobody will want to put his or her faith in a party that lacks cohesion or effective organization. Not only that, discipline will become watered down, as nobody will be answerable to anybody. Talking about development, the masses are definitely going to be at the receiving end of this needless power tussle. Since needless marginalization in politics leads to economic insecurity, feeling safe, either at home or at work, will also become very difficult. Not even in a country where growing insecurity has manifestly become a diet.

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This also takes us back to the issue of party formation. Though political non-participation is just the resultant effect of the disarray that we now notice in the party system, party system becomes disarrayed as a result of the faulty foundation of the party in question. In other words, if we get it wrong at the level of party formation, the likelihood of such wrongness posing perennial problems is palpably high.

All things being equal, the brawl between Oshiomhole and Obaseki could never have been in good faith! Nonetheless, a virus that tarries for too long in a man’s life has the capacity to mutate and transform into aberrant, more hostile and vicious types. What we are saying here is: as an amazing Labour leader and politician, the APC National Chairman should realize that it is time to rethink his strategy and the endgame of his political ambition. Glaringly, the reprieve granted by the appellate court remains temporary until all pending cases might have been dispensed with. We also need to note that the aggrieved and the disgruntled have the option of ‘acting nPDP’, or going back to their vomit. This may be dangerous for APC!

 

Well, controversy or not; provable or improvable, Oshiomhole has done his bit! Won’t his Achilles heels be the inability to leave the beat when the ovation is still ascending? On the other hand, ‘power’, they say, ‘corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Will Obaseki learn how to ‘give honour to whom honour is due’, especially, those who once fed him? Lastly, who’s right on the Edo story and who will write the last chapter of the national APC conundrum?

 

May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!

 

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk))

 

 

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God Hasn’t Revealed When Covid-19 Will Leave Nigeria-Primate Ayodele

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Primate Ayodele Elijah is regarded as one of the top five prophets in the country. Over the years, he has made prophesies that have come to pass. In the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, he spoke with Lukmon Akintola, on the pandemic, and other issues.

There have been several opinions about the coronavirus pandemic, what is your take about it?

It is a development that I have prophesied about in the past. It is something that I have been prophesying about over the years. It has now come to pass. In my book ‘Warnings To The Nation’, specifically page 193, the spirit of God said: “there will be some natural disasters in the regions of the world. I foresee an outbreak of a disease that will be of an epidemic status, killings, and attacks which will trouble world leaders, governments of the world will be troubled as countries like the United States of America, China and the United Kingdom will be making various researches on the strange epidemic status.”  We have been saying it for a while. In my book, Warnings to the Nation 2018/2019, page 16, we stated that there will be a sickness which the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be troubled about and they will be looking for a series of solutions for it. In my 2020 prophesy, I also emphasised it on page three. I said that I see a global economic crisis which will be caused by a sickness that will make the whole world seek a solution.

What did the lord tell you about coronavirus?

The Lord has told me that coronavirus is meant to deal with the world.  It is a sickness that God wants to use to teach the world a lot of lessons. When the lord prophesied to me in October, he told me categorically that we should fast and pray in our church for seven Sundays and Seven Tuesday. He said that we should pray against a strange sickness that would come to disturb the world. It has come to pass now. Coronavirus is a pandemic which Nigerians will have to be careful about it. Nigeria must look into it very well because if we allow it to spread, I don’t want Nigeria to fall victim like that of Italy because it will generate a lot of problems.

It is a virus that appears to be affecting the rich as well as the poor, what do you say to this?

God is using it to punish the people who have disturbed and destroyed Nigeria. It will affect them one after the other, and that way they will know that the poor are suffering. It is a virus to punish the rich in Nigeria.

Some Pastors are known for their miraculous healings, why do you think they are yet to come out with their healing power?

If indeed there are pastors who heal people with viruses like this one, this is the time for them to come out.

What can we do about this situation?

We have not seen anything yet, and that is the reason why we need prayers to tackle this sickness. All the measures that the government has taken are good. I commend all of their efforts on this especially the Lagos State and the Federal Government. But all the same, we still need prayers.

What is your personal effort at combating this virus?

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God instructed me to do 10, 000 water and 10,000 anointing oil for free. He told me to disburse it to countries and states of the world where they have this virus. Anyone who is interested can come to my church to pick it, they don’t even have to see me. Just ask for it and it will be given to you for free. It can be taken to Italy where they can test it, and it will curb the spread of the virus, while those who use it will be healed. They can test it and they will see that this is just the work of God.

Is there a date that has been revealed to you in relation to the end of this pandemic?

There is no particular date that coronavirus will go. God did not give a date, but it will go. People should just stop permutating, it will go, but there is no date for it to go. It is not a virus that will just disappear, we just need to be focused on God and be prayerful to him, let us just keep begging him.

What advice do you have for the government about this virus?

The problem is that the government doesn’t listen to prophets like us, they believe that anything we say is political. Either it is political or not, a prophecy is a prophecy. It is to warn the leaders, if they had listened, they would have cautioned this virus before now. It has happened because our leader don’t take to warnings, they underrate God, and that is why God is now showing the world that he is supreme, he has supreme power over everything on earth. Doctors have been disappointed because it is beyond their own reasoning. I said it two years ago that Nigeria will still have a second economic recession. This economic recession is what we are about to experience now.  We have not seen anything in Nigeria, our economy is going down, and need serious prayers.

Where do we need to focus our prayers?

Let us pray against famine, we need to also pray against austerity and inflation. And besides this, I said it early this year that there will be a lot of confusion in the government, and I also said it in one of my prophecies that a strange illness will enter into the villa. It has happened now. They did not listen, the government did not listen to instruction, the government failed to follow God’s directive, and that is the reason we have all of these problems.

Can we do a review of your prophesies that have come to pass this year?

I have made a series of prophecies that have come to pass. I made prophesies such as the dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Emir Sanusi, the travails of Adams Oshiomhole, the earthquake that happened in Russia, this very virus ravaging the world, death of footballers in Nasarawa and Rangers FC. Also, the recent Boko Haram attack. I even mentioned the month of March. I also said that not all the Senators will finish their term. The removal of the Kano State Speaker is a confirmation of this prophecy. I also said that the Lagos State Speaker will have some challenges. The challenges have come now, and he should pray so that he can overcome the crisis. He should not take the crisis with kid gloves. I also spoke about the death of some journalists, a petroleum price crash which has happened. I am saying this now, there is a lot that the government needs to look into for them to succeed, for them to control this coronavirus. It is a serious matter.

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Can you be futuristic with your prophecies?

In 2023, if PDP wants to maintain the lead, they should look in the direction of the present Chief of Staff of Delta State, David Edevbie. This is because the All Progressive Congress (APC) will bring all of their arsenals to take Delta State. But it is a move which will not be possible. The present crisis in APC which we have foretold has happened now, APC is in serious trouble. I still maintain the fact that Adams Oshiomhole will not lead the party to the Promised Land. He is still going to have problems, they are still going to battle him, we are still going to see so many things in Nigeria, we are just sitting on a time bomb, our own crisis has not started. Nigeria’s crisis has not started, when it starts, we are going to see what will happen. In Anambra State, APGA should use Soludo as their gubernatorial candidate if they hope to win the next election. If APC wants to make headway, they should get ready to use Senator Andy Uba. If PDP doesn’t strategise very well, if they don’t put their house together, they might not get their bearing in Anambra State. Anambra State APC must also be careful because they will break, so PDP must seek divine intervention to pick the right candidate. Apart from this, Uche Secondus is going.

Take us to an international level.

In Ghana’s election, Mahama must be very focused, and put things right in their party. Mahama will unseat Nana Akufo-Addo. In the Benin Republic, I am seeing a small crisis. The opposition will not be allowed to make any positive impact and this will cause a lot of troubles. Cote d’Ivoire will hold a new election soon, the likely contenders, if the incumbent president does not contest, are Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Gbagbo, and Guillaume Soro. Gbagbo has more chances and he is most likely to win if only he strategises properly. Guillaume Soro can only win and become president if he works with people at the grassroots level.

What about Nigeria’s security situation?

The days of Ibrahim Shekarau are numbered. The Service Chiefs should also start packing their luggage because their time is up.

Tell us something about the forthcoming American presidential election

I have said it before that  Joe Badin will be given a ticket in the democratic party, but he will have to work very hard to unseat Trump in this five states Ohio, Califonia, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. These five states are where he will need to work hard if he wants to defeat Trump.

Can we look into the business sector?

Why not? Some banks will crash, while NNPC will experience a major crisis that will see the sack of some staff. Some states will go into economic troubles, economic recession, and they won’t be able to pay the N30,000 minimum wage.

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COVID-19: Government should promote online shopping to curtail spread, job losses

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Job cuts, layoffs, wage cuts, and employee redundancy have continued to exacerbate as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to disrupt social life, the economy and every other human activity across countries.

Hundreds of jobs have been wiped off like almost all the value chains including manufacturing, sales, and marketing, distribution, wholesale and retail, governance, aviation, tourism amongst others have been impacted negatively by COVID-19.

The aviation industry – one of the worst-hit as a result of travel restrictions imposed by many countries  – has recorded more job losses. For instance, WestJet has laid off 6,900 workers due to a downturn in business because of COVID-19. In a similar circumstance, Air Canada has put 600 pilots on compulsory unpaid leave pending improvement in the situation of things.

Coming home, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has estimated that the restriction on air travel by the Federal Government aimed at curtailing the spread of coronavirus would cost the aviation industry USD434m in revenue, 2,200 lost jobs, and loss of approximately 2.2 million passengers.

The Wall Street Journal put the U.S. job losses at around 5 million while experts have predicted that economic shortfall arising from the effects of COVID-19 could hit up to $1.5 trillion across the U.S. and a probable economic recession.

As travel bans, restrictions on large gathering and enforcement of social distancing amongst other preventive measures to curb the widespread of the deadly virus intensify, both the Federal and state governments in Nigeria are even rolling out stricter measures to halt the spread, some of which may hurt more in the long run.

Given that the number of infected persons in Nigeria has risen significantly including the confirmed cases of high profile victims (a state governor, a top aide of the president and families of prominent Nigerians), it is pertinent to advise the government to exercise caution in pronouncing total lockdown or shutdown of the entire system especially the e-commerce operators that become the obvious lifesavers in time of lockdown.

Reasons include the fact that the Nigerian economy is largely driven by the informal sector. About 70 percent of the working people earn daily wages, and total lockdown or shutdown will create ripple dysfunctions including worsening the current high unemployment level and inflation in the country. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported a 33.5 percent unemployment rate and inflation rate at 12. 2 percent as of January 2020.

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Countries like Nigeria whose economy depends largely on oil even face dire consequences amidst falling global oil price, which is around USD25 per barrel, down from USD65 at the start of the year. Credit rating agency Standards & Poor has even warned of a further slide in the oil price to USD10 amidst falling demand for crude oil due to coronavirus. This can trigger job cuts, especially in the Nigerian public sector as the federating states depend largely on revenue allocation from the central government.

In spite of the gloom and impending recession staring us in the face, however, the e-commerce industry can help reflate the Nigerian economy at this time, especially if well leveraged to serve as a buffer for hunger, starvation and job creation as demand for essential daily needs rises and scarcity of goods and services loom in the days ahead.

Logistics is a critical factor in lockdown or any emergency situation, which COVID-19 is heading to, if not urgently nipped in the bud.  Thus, e-commerce platforms like Jumia, Jiji, and Konga amongst others will enable Nigerians and other residents in the country to stay through this trying period.

In view of the rise in the number of infected persons, which may compel the government to declare a total lockdown or shutdown, or the elongation of the initial one-week that Lagos State government has declared with effect from March 26, the surge in demand for food, toiletries, and drugs in Nigeria is inevitable.

Certainly, sick people will need someone to get their prescribed drugs to them at home to prevent more deaths than COVID-19 would have caused. Families must restock as the supply of food and toiletries will run out someday soon, so they need to shop online and get their supplies delivered to their homes.

This is how the government and organizations in other climes are thinking, and Nigeria cannot be an exception. The good news, however, is that we have what it takes to respond to this challenge as appropriate.

For instance, Africa’s leading e-commerce platform, Jumia has innovated Food service that will be at full service to deliver healthy meals to people right in their homes and at the same time offer riders income on a daily basis while COVID-19 lasts.

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It has also commenced its innovative “Contactless Safe Delivery” on the checkout pages of Jumia mall. The ‘contactless safe delivery’ option enables customers to make pre-paid orders for products on the platform and get them delivered without a direct body contact or cash exchange with the agents.

 

Jumia Nigeria CEO, Massimiliano Spalazzi explained that the process is to help customers keep to safety and health-conscious directives in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said contactless promotes convenience, social distancing, and cashless measures are woven into one.

 

The availability of e-payment platforms including JumiaPay, EcobankPay, Paystark, Flutterwave, Opay, etc., will not only enable convenient shopping, efficient funds’ transfer as well as eliminate the risks of contracting coronavirus via physical cash exchange.

 

Tens of jobs will also be created as they partner with operators in the restaurant, hospitality, pharmaceutical, essential daily needs sectors as a result of increased demands for these essential needs during coronavirus shutdown or lockdown.

Good examples abound in regards to what e-commerce like Jumia, Konga, Jiji, etc. can do to help in time of COVID-19. E-commerce platforms including Amazon, Walmart and Papa John’s to mention a few, have demonstrated innovation in this regard by hiring more people in the midst of COVID-19. Amazon has announced a plan to hire additional 100,000 full and part-time workers as it foresaw a surge in demand for food, toiletries, drugs and other essential daily needs as more people stay at home.

Walmart has also unveiled plans to hire 150,000 hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May as online orders surge with households stocking up. Spokesman Dan Bartlett added that the temporary jobs may become permanent as the company was reaching out to industry groups in the restaurant and hospitality industries, which are also affected by lockdown and travel bans.

“Obviously, people are going to make more use of home deliveries, it makes perfect sense,” Dan Griswold, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Centre said.

So, we can actually halt coronavirus from taking the shine off our active human and socio-economic ecosystem if we can push the frontiers of the e-commerce system to drive the vehicle for meeting the rise in demand for food, water, toiletries, and drugs amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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