The wicked plans of imposing coronavirus vaccines on Nigerian citizens are finally unfolding in Ekiti State over pro-active provision of facilities for mass burial of potential casualties.
This manifested in the inauguration of a 260,000-capacity private burial ground by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. The governor had commissioned the 260,000-capacity cemetery for the burial of the dead in the state which population is not too high.
Governor Fayemi, represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, at the inauguration of the CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery at Eminrin area of the state, noted that the facility had the capacity to avert environmental hazards and safeguard the health of the citizens.
Ekiti State has not been known to have suffered any major epidemic as a result of environmental hazards from poor disposal of dead bodies. So, why this sudden massive anti-life private investment in Ekiti State? What have happened to the public owned cemeteries, in addition to family lands and residence where people bury their deaths in accordance with the tradition of the families or communities?
It was gathered that while the state government maintains cemetery, religious organizations and communities also have burial grounds for their members.
Fayemi had declared: “The smooth take-off of this business is a testimony that Ekiti is encouraging private investors to invest their hard-earned money in the state.
“With this investment by a private body, Ekiti is no longer a rural setting.
“In USA, Britain, and other European countries, you can’t just bury your dead at home.
“Aside the fact that it causes ground water pollution, it devalues our buildings and reduces its aesthetic values.
“This is a public-private initiative but will be driven largely by the private owners.
“We appeal to the drivers of this business to try and replicate this across the 16 local governments in the state, so that our late parents can be buried easily in cemeteries that are neater and well laid out.
“This is cheaper compared to what you can get in Lagos and other cities and our people can now bring their dead parents’ home to be buried from other parts of the country.”
An inherent contradiction was that the governor cited the pollution of underground waters which supply waters to boreholes, would the massive private cemetery halt the decomposition of corpses in the soil. While such facility may suit urban dwellers, would the government offset the cost of the facility for rural indigenes who may be forced to use the mass burial ground?
Meanwhile, health experts have faulted the imposition of coronavirus vaccines on citizens. Some of the medical experts identified the risk of the vaccines shortening receivers’ life span after two years of jabs. Is the Ekiti State government promoting the huge cemetery investment in preparation of mass deaths that may occur from the vaccine jabs.
There have been reports of devastating side effects of the variants of coronavirus vaccines in most countries of the world, forcing temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccines in several countries. This was, however, underreported in Nigeria.
A former Deputy Governor in Ekiti State, Abiodun Aluko, who is one of the Directors of the private cemetery, stated that the concept of a private cemetery was universal, owing to growing population. He added that Ekiti cannot be excluded from the emerging global civilisation.
Aluko had said: “The land we have here can accommodate 260,000 corpses.
“But this pilot scheme we are starting is for only 260 corpses, with the hope to expand in future until we exhaust our land resource to a full capacity.
“We have provisions for both Christians and Muslims.
“With time, we will build event facilities like halls and Churches here, where people can hold their burial procession and even reception close to the cemetery to minimise cost.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery, Ayodele Olaiya, stated that the investment was a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), adding that it would generate revenue into government’s treasury, as well as prevent outbreak of endemic diseases.
According to the CEO, “In this part of the world, we drink majorly from boreholes and wells, so, the cemetery should be far away from homes in order not to endanger our health.”
However, the decomposition of massive dead bodies into the depth of the soil where fossil is formed from the decomposed objects has no limit of effects since it flows in liquid and could reach any destination, according to geologists.
The Ekiti State government and the investors in the CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery may need to come clear on their projections before the people of the state.
The people need better education, improved health services, employment and better life not to be faced with death intimidation.