Prompt Home Health
Taking This Time to Think
By Ike M. Okoye
Last Friday, the United States President signed into law the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history, backing a $2 trillion measure designed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the law, the government will deliver direct payments and jobless benefits for individuals, money for states and a huge bailout fund for businesses battered by the crisis.
The two divides of the house: the Democrats and the Republicans, had joined hands after jettisoning partisan politics to do what’s best for their country.
Indeed, it is at a time like this, that true leadership is demonstrated. It is for times like this that we elect leaders. Perhaps, the type of leadership we need in Nigeria.
Perhaps also, this will be a good time for us to finally pause and ask ourselves some honest and very uneasy questions: Why do we have the kind of leaders we have? Why are things the way they are with us? Why are we the way we are? Why do we hate each other so much? What has one’s religion or tribe even got to do with anything? Why are we so backward, so angry, and so frustrated? What is the way out? What must we do to change things? Why must we even care?
I’m pretty much worried.
Yes, I can manage to be home, stay safe and feed my family? But what about that woman who needs to go out to the market everyday in order to feed her family? What about the shoe shiner, the barber, the taxi driver, etc, who needs his or her daily pittance in order to survive? What’s going to happen to them? When one hurts, does it affect us all? Are we indeed safe at home, when a greater majority of us are now fully exposed to the risk of starvation?
I’m really worried
Perhaps, just perhaps, we can all take the time out and employ some serious soul searching?