Covid-19 is not totally gone. Its presence has stopped many music shows from holding. The government of Uganda placed a ban on most activities that would cause such large gatherings. Churches, bars, clubs and concert venues were closed, precisely. Late hours of yesterday broke the news of two Nigerian musicians who had been arrested. Both Tems and Omah Lay, who are rising super stars with songs presently topping charts. They were arrested in Uganda after a show where they were booked to perform.
The country is presently hosting a three-day music festival. Omah Lay and Tems had performed on the first day and got arrested over flouting covid-19 rules. It appears however, that only the artistes of that nationale have taken the fall for such. All parties were reportedly warned about attending the show. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs NG, has not been successful in getting them released.
Covid-19 Isn’t gone
As we hope for their possible release and sanction, this could be a wake up call. Nigerians need to address the areas where they can contribute to each other’s safety and good health.
The Nigerian government had strictly enforced covid-19 restrictions, until when the numbers were down. Nigerians also seemingly moved on from staying safe and distancing. Wearing masks seemed to be a thing of the past, washing hands of devout sanitizing reduced. The reality other countries is that they still face lock-down and adhere to guidelines. Some countries have saddening number of active cases and deaths from the virus.
Tems and Omah Lay might just be scapegoats of the Ugandan police as the other artistes were not arrested. However, the police arrested Prim Kasana and Dungu Ivan the manager of the venue. All have been arraigned before the Makindye Division court in Kampala. While we anticipate prevalence of justice, ensure you are staying safe. “Better safe than sorry”, remember? As at last weekend, Uganda’s ministry of health recorded 416 new cases of Covid-19.