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A Wake Up Call By COVID19
by Olawale Ogunsola
5/15/2020 / Leadership
There are so many lessons to learn from the current pandemic ravaging the whole world. That is for those who are ready to learn. For those not willing to learn anything, they have no problems. Do they? Think on this yourself.
One of the recommended rules for taming COVID19 from spreading is social distancing. You are expected to maintain a safe distance of between four or five metres from those around you. In some adverts or jingles, it is simply put as maintaining a distance that will not allow you to touch anyone near you. Do you know that as good as this suggestion is, can it work in every community throughout the world?
On February 2, 2020, a bricklayer was given a work to mend a building to be occupied by a certain minister of God who is to oversee the affairs of a newly planted church. This jovial man, bricklayer, repeatedly stated that he needed money to take care of “three wives and eighteen children.” I could not believe my ears when he said it two times. After saying it repeatedly, i probed how it came to pass. He replied,
“it was jealousy among my three wives. They wanted to outdo one another in child bearing. They did not stop until they each gave birth to six children”.
I then believed what I have heard earlier from him.
Where does he live? He is occupying a six room apartment with his family of twenty-one members including himself. In this era of social distancing how easy will it be for this family?
His life is even better than some other cases. How do I mean?
There are certain less priviledged people who are living in a room with not less than ten fellows. In a crowded room like this, how can it be possible to “enforce” social distancing? Will a security officer eliminate some members of such a family?
This trend is very common in less developed countries. Yet, Covid 19 is no respecter of person, rich or poor, old or young, educated or not.
The wake up call.
The present pandemic is making a clarion call on all and sundry.
To the populace. No one knows tomorrow. Anything can happen, good, bad or ugly ;although no one prays for a bad occurrence but inevitably, it happens.
It is advisable for every person to have a control over his sexual urge and the uncontrollable desire to have numerous children. Although I have heard a woman said, “I cannot engage in family planning, I will have as many children as God gives me, because I don’t know those who will outlive me”. Please watch and plan your own life.
In developed countries, each family has a small size. A husband and wife and their one or two children. In special cases, there are more but one common thing is, they can feed their family members well. They care very much for each member of their family.
Not only this, Corona Virus is making a wake up call to leaders of each nation to be up and doing. In what respect? In every respect in which they have been found wanton.
For instance, in developing countries, governments do not know the actual population of their citizens. How can they plan for their welfare?
A father who does not know the number of children he has cannot be seriously responsible for their welfare.
In respect of social distance maintenance, each government should not only make noise about it, she must take practical steps towards depopulatiing every over populated areas for fresh air of peace and tranquility to prevail. This may take time to achieve, I know, but it is attainable. A step by step approach consistently will ensure its success.
In certain countries, leaders have many unoccupied buildings, even estates that they can give out to the less privileged in society. Are they willing or ready to spare such?
Corona Virus has come and it will soon vanish by God's grace, we should not forget that it has made its wake up calls to all and sundry; loud and clear that changes and adjustments ought to be made. Where, when, what and how must be wisely discerned and all necessary steps taken to actualize it.
Stay blessed and prepared for the coming of the Lord Jesus Chirst.
The Author is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH)and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church.He is a Poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.
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