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Nigerians React As Customers Shun Social Distancing, Struggle For Entry Into Banks

Several Nigerians have expressed reservations over the flouting of the social distancing guidelines by bank customers as they attempted to make their way into banking halls in Lagos and Ogun states on Monday.

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Commercial banks resumed operations on Monday after a five-week lockdown imposed on Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by the Federal Government to curb the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Before the easing of the lockdown, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dapo Abiodun of Lagos and Ogun states respectively, had in their various broadcast urged residents of both states to maintain social distancing guidelines by keeping a distance of two meters between themselves while in public.

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However, with pictures from various banks indicating the opposite of social distancing, some Nigerians lamented the neglect of the safety guideline, noting that it could lead to a spike of COVID-19 cases in the two states.

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Responding to a video published on Facebook by media expert, Lekan Fatodu, of Lagosians gathering in their numbers at GT Bank, Ogba, Alao Oluwatosin Olayinka said: “This is sad…is it that these ones don’t listen to news or they have one “ajesara” (sic) like that.”

Babatunde Muhammadu Quadri said: “We are in for it, may God help us. Please send this video to me.”

Another respondent, Jennifer Osobase, said: “Na here coroner virus wear short nicker and tie gele sidon even dey chew gum on top to Waka with some people. This is very risky o!”

“Sincerely I am serious. Were these not the people shouting “hunger will kill us o” some weeks back? Where did they get money now ni tori Olohun?” Richard Adeyinka Alaba Emmanuel asked.

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Maudlyne Makolo Eluwa said: “What kind of transactions are all these people going to do at the same time today for Christ sake? The risk is really high o.”

“That is the most unnerving thing to do, I know with this, then NCDC statistics will be doubled,” Kester Osahenye said.

The shock and criticism were the same following a picture published on Facebook by online blogger, Timothy Odedina, of persons assembling en masse at GT bank, Oke-Ilewo, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Monday.

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Egbewunmi Liafis Olalekan asked: “This is serious. Where is Social Distancing?”

Olalekan’s question got a sarcastic reply from Tive Denedo, who said: “Social distancing died on Sunday. Burial arrangements would be announced soon. What you see here are some of the prospective mourners.”

“What is on the floor like this?” asked Bukola Afolabi Ogunyeye.

Doris Esume commented: “Did they get any info that GTbank wants to fold? Cuz I just saw another different pic about this same GTbank in Lagos. Same large crowd.”

“Is because (it) is the only branch that opened in Abeokuta,” Adeniji Muideen said. 

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