Reconsidering Lagos State’s approach to the COVID-19 second wave

Recently, the Lagos state government announced on its twitter page that law enforcement agents will continue to arrest and prosecute those who violate COVID-19 guidelines. This method, however, is well known for its inevitable failure in achieving the intended results.

Even though lives are at stake, the failure of this method to ensure compliance with the guidelines is the least of the problems as not only will the problems not be solved but also bigger problems may be created.

Prohibition in itself has proved to not be very effective in solving problems especially those that have to do with human habits. From the alcohol ban in the US, to the world-wide war on drugs and even the recent lockdown in Nigeria; the results of prohibitive measures have shown that people wouldn’t change their lifestyles simply because the government has made a particular action illegal….

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