The Nigerian Diaspora Motion (NDM) says the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic truncated the annual social existence for a lot of Nigerians within the U.S. in 2020.
The Chairman of NDM, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, made this identified in a phone interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
The NDM includes 20 million Nigerians within the diaspora working collectively to construct a progressive nation the place each citizen is empowered to turn out to be and provides the perfect.
Nnauwa, additionally the Secretary-Common and Public Relations Officer, African Diaspora Congress (ADC), mentioned that Nigerians certainly missed the fanfare typically skilled throughout yuletide.
In response to him, as a substitute of fascinated with home-bound travels this 12 months, Nigerians in diaspora have been frozen to a standstill by the lethal COVID-19 pandemic.
Nnauwa mentioned: “Yearly, come rain, come sunshine, Nigerians journey residence to have a good time Christmas and New 12 months with their households and associates again residence.
“From January of yearly, Nigerians within the U.S. start to save cash to journey residence, by April, nearly all worldwide flights to Nigeria are often offered out for December travels, because of the rush to buy tickets.
“That is often to safe affordable fares and assure seats on home-bound flights, however COVID-19 pandemic has truncated this annual migratory sample and social lives for a lot of Nigerians within the U.S.
“Given the large loss of life tolls, Nigerians, like different U.S. residents, have spent the higher a part of this 12 months locked inside their properties simply to remain secure.”
He described COVID-19 as a plague that kills with reckless abandon within the U.S., saying Nigerians are usually not solely caught there, however are actually going through untold despair which the pandemic engendered.
“For the primary time, Nigerians had no selection than to spend their Christmas in solitude within the U.S. with no fanfare, with no associates and bigger household.
“For a lot of, 2020 Christmas is the worst ever for Nigerian and African Diasporans; it’s usually lonely and dreadful, the identical lonesomeness will mark the upcoming New 12 months celebration.
“It’s definitely a 12 months that the majority Nigerians and Africans in diaspora will want to neglect, although not even in a rush due to its long-lasting devastations and deprivations,” he added.
The NDM chairman mentioned that hundreds of thousands of individuals, together with Nigerians within the U.S., had been laid off from work, simply as breadlines had gotten longer and home crises worsened.
Extra so, he mentioned, countless security measures truncated all method of celebrations, not solely within the U.S., however worldwide.
“This contains ordinary annual 4th of July Independence carnival, thanksgiving celebration, Christmas festivity and New 12 months blast, little question what COVID-19 has executed in historical past is to misplaced a 12 months.
“Because the starting of the 12 months, nearly all social occasions and actions within the U.S. have been paralysed by COVID-19 and its related repercussions.
“Nigerians and Africans have been affected in extraordinary methods; historically Africans, particularly Nigerians, are socially lively and boisterous individuals with uncommon penchant for communal existence and merriment.
“In contrast to typical individualistic Individuals, Nigerians in diaspora don’t like isolation, however naturally showy, due to this fact one can higher perceive the impression of loneliness pressured upon them by the pandemic,” he added.
African Diaspora Congress is a coalition of the varied teams and anxious residents from Africa and the African Diaspora.