To be honest, Soludo’s article is absolutely reasonable, convincing and almost compelling although he mostly focused on the “Economics” of the opportunities this pandemic offers
His piece, no doubt, puts forward the contradiction, connection and dissimilarity of our interrelated world. For here lies the irony; an inter relatedly opposed world vis-à-vis Economics vs Health. Again, Prof has done what a Professor of Economics should do and intelligently too but we must also hear the views of a ‘Medical Professor’
Put differently, in my own language, his argument is simply that we can’t shut our stomach to treat our headache, which I completely agree with him
But what he has painted are mainly what a Professor of Economics need to do – put out the economic indicators in every situation. However, how do we juxtapose his argument with a medical perspective wherein corpses may litter African streets in just 14days.
Don’t get me wrong, yes it is good to take advantage of the opportunities the pandemic offers to plan for the future and coming generations, but then,today’s people must be healthy enough to do that.
The confusion is this: How do we take care of Africa’s 1.3Billion people such that we won’t lose a good number of them in just 14days? Should we open the economy and leave overcoming the pandemic exclusively to voluntary compliance, if you say yes, how much informed are our people, especially in the rural areas to make such choices?
Importantly, Soludo agrees that whichever approach we adopt between Locking down and Opening up, people must die, the question would then be, which of the two options better reduces the rate of such deaths?
Finally, it is important that we all realize that what he espoused is the argument of an Economist and we have digested it as citizens who may not necessarily be in position to take decisions but the business of the govt is to also hear from the Medics. I’m sure that it’s only after such that govt would be in a position to take decisions they consider reasonable and appropriate in the circumstance