BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
Entertainment joints in parts of Imo State are now counting their financial loss, as people are no longer interested in consuming bush meat.
Some of the owners of the joints, who made the lamentation while assessing the effect of Ebola Virus scare on their business outfits.
“Since the nation’s health officials advised Nigerians against the consumption of bush meat, following the outbreak of Ebola disease, my take home has become abysmally low”, Oluchi, the owner of one eatery in Owerri lamented.
Answering a question, Oluchi said that “the situation might be a blessing in disguise, especially as I cannot use gloves to prepare all the Igbo delicacies people come to enjoy in my place”.
Meanwhile, people in Owerri are gradually learning to refuse handshake from even their close friends and relations.
Confirming this in an interview, Mazi Damian Nze reasoned that ” any time the music changes, the dancing steps must ultimately change and this is what is happening with the outbreak of the Ebola virus”.
He however expressed fears that since Nigeria has not gone fully cashless, currencies must continue to exchange hands.
“The nation has not fully gone cashless. The Naira notes must continue to exchange hands. Body contact cannot be completely rules out as scores of people must also go to the market everyday to buy their needs”, Nze said.
He appealed to government at all levels to take a more wholistic view of the new problem facing the citizenry, adding that “Ebola is now worse that HIV/AIDS”.