THE ENEMY UNSEEN by John Ojomo

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Several predictions have been made in time past, on the possibility of the world experiencing another war, a third world war. Many believed that it would be a power tussle for world domination among the nuclear powers of the world, just as the predecessive world wars spurred. Many had also believed it probably would be a fiercesome battle in a bid to settle old scores between rival nations such as the United State and Russia, Japan and China among others.
Little did we know the third world war would not be nations fighting against nations, nor countries with top-notch nuclear warheads flaunting their indestructible weaponries and arsenals with the aim of being the central governing body of the entire world, but rather, the whole world would battle a common enemy, an unseen force, an enemy who no amount of ammunitions, missiles or any other form of hi-tech weapon of war can stand a chance of defeating.
For hundreds of years, the world have at some time or the other, been faced with disease outbreaks and virus attacks of all sorts. For some, cures and vaccines were made, while others are yet to get cures for. These disease outbreaks and virus attacks that inflicts the world are often referred to as”pandemics”.
Some historical incidences of pandemics that shook the world includes: The Spanish flu which spanned from 1918 to 1920. It affected about 500 million people around the world. Another is the cholera outbreak, spanning from 1817 to 1824, which initially restricted to the Indian subcontinent then spread to countries like Britain, China, Indonesia and many other countries. There was also the case of the smallpox, a contagious disease caused by the variola virus. It killed an estimate of about 400,000 Europeans per year during the closing of the 18th century. Presently, the enemy that the world seems to be battling with is a new strain of corona virus otherwise known as covid-19 which originated from Wuhan, Hubei province in China. It began in late December 2019 and till date has led to the loss of thousands of lives around the world.
Since the recent outbreak of the pandemic, several conspiracy theories have been made in respect to the corona virus (covid-19) attack. Some choose to believe it is God venting His wrath on the sinful world and its inhabitants, while some also believe it is a deliberate plan of some of the acclaimed advanced countries, perharps, in an attempt to decongest or depopulate the world, having the so called “third world” countries take the fall for it which quite unfortunately, a larger number of African countries fall under this category. The recent attempt to test the newly formulated covid-19 vaccine in Africa just might lend credence to this believe. Some just simply believe it is an indication that the world is indeed fast approaching its inevitable end, as they call it “a sign of the end time”. Well, this is not to say any of these might or might not be true but the fact still remains that, the world is faced with a common enemy that has and is still claiming thousands of lives much constantly.
Even as many highly proffessional medical practitioners and scientists across various part of the world tirelessly puts in efforts to devise a cure to this pandemic and almost every religious bodies seek God’s intervention in prayers, several countries’ economy have been on total lockdown, mortality rates across the globe has increase exponientially with a record of over 101,000 death cases all over the world as at April 2020, with countries like Italy recording a number of about 18,800, France with about 1,417 cases, the U.K having over  9,000 and Nigeria recording about 7 death cases, just to mention a few.
This common enemy which we fight is indeed not a respecter of person, status, influence nor one’s position in the society, for it apparently has stricken both the highly influential and Non-influential, the rich and the poor, even the so called world leaders and the high and mighty are not exempted as well. One then begins to wonder, by the time this finally ends, will it birth a new era? Will there be a paradigm shift in the world’s trajectory? Will this bring development and industralisation to the underdeveloped countries by opening the eyes of their leaders to the need for restructuring and rebuilding their nations.
There are countries whose names has gone down in history for their remarkable transformation and their being able to significantly recover from great wars, disasters and tragedies of all sorts. The modern day Japan is a practical example. In spite of their lack of natural resources, after the bombing of their two economic cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the second world war, they still managed to bounce back emerging as one of the world’s foremost economic and technological power today. This I believe, might serve as a wake up call for the leaders of the underdeveloped and the developing nations who has failed to build and develop their countries’ economy and are quick to running over to the developed countries with good social infrastructures and excellent health care system whenever they feel the need to do so. Now that they have nowhere else to run to and are left with the option of staying in their countries and make do with what is available as far as health care facilities are concerned, we can only hope this would help change the narratives.
But in this perilous time as the corona virus launches its attack on humanity and even as we sing the “we shall overcome” song with optimistic hearts filled with hopes, believing that the darkest hour comes before the dawn and there is a great light at the end of the tunnel, we are enjoined to individually but yet collectively, battle this menace ravaging our beloved planet by strictly adhering to all rules given by our respective governments in a bid to curb the spread of the virus and also endeavour to observe the vital precautionary measures given by the world health organisation (WHO) required for us to stay safe. Also, the governmental bodies should as well, ultimately prioritise the wellfare and well-being of the citizenries ensuring that the palliative measures are adequately and evenly distributed to citizens, especially those that really needs to be catered for. In conclusion, we should all support and care for our neighbours bearing in mind that we are not at war with one another, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood like the holy book says, but we are rather at war with the enemy unseen.

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