S Ovwata Onojieruo

Coronacracy; Seeing beyond the Pandemic

Few years ago, while still a high school teacher, My little girl Zain once wrote for me a story about a biological scientist who in view of saving his family was forced to create a specie of a virus by merging genes from other creatures, once the experiment was complete but proven unsuccessful for what the government wanted his family was murdered. Offended, the scientist turns back steals some element from his failed research, creates a mutant beast by injecting certain fluids which passing on to man began ravaging nation after nation. It was too apocalyptic to me, though I thanked her for the intriguing story I stopped short of wanting to help her review it myself.

However, whilst the world battles with the spread of the pandemic, the story resounds again and again as I resonate and question if really she did see the future with her story.

No worse plague in human history has shown the hollowness of our knowledge, nakedness of our preparations, shallowness of our boasts, and emptiness of Democratic governance much as the new found virus has. For a short time even revered democracies have in their own way portrayed some level of dictatorial tendencies inconceivable under normal circumstances. From Mass lockdowns to the use of the military, to Forced-in restrictions, to Mass phone trackings, to arrest and imprisonment without due public trial, Modern democracy has shown how unprepared it is for an emergency on this scale.

If Nuclear weapons were the bane of the 20th century, then obviously Chemical and Biological war could be the bane of the 21st century.

Without mincing words the World faces a self inflicted chaos, a possibly man-made disaster or some form of a cleverly crafted plot or a biological experiment gone wrong, there are deep things to this assertion much of which will remain under gag order, cloaked under the cover of darkness or may as well never be known. Without declaring our knowledge of this unknown, we’ll choose to remain mute on this.

But here’s a fact; The main conflicts due to emerge from this Pandemic will commence after the Pandemic itself. While government focus their energies on the health and survival aspect of society, the Political and Economic institutions had better got prepared for the aftermath of Covid-19, that’s when things are gonna take the real shape, and not now; the UN got to prepare itself for terrific resolutions, and Nations got to reevaluate their stands on major issues, as the speed at which they’ll run will be much faster than it ever has been. Even if some government’s too may shutter, conspiracy theories are meant to explode and damning inquires arise with each side trying to protect their interests in the front of ever enormous global tendencies.

Obviously it may not be an immediate rushy event, it may be a slow smooth and gradual process, the world’s just been introduced to another power play, and someone just shot himself on the foot.
If you’re a Believer then pray,
If not then Stay- where you are and remain gray…
But let each individual embroiled in this conflict either directly or indirectly know this; the world is bigger than us all, we may choose to change her, but we surely must one day leave her, that’s a fact we just can’t change.

About the Author
S Ovwata Onojieruo is a Theologian, Political Scientist and Philosopher, whose Research interest spans across the areas of Legal theory, Political Philosophy, Social Epistemology, International Politics and International Relations theory. He currently functions as a Post-graduate Researcher, and Tutorial assistant with the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and can be reached on twitter @OvwataS
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