Buhari’s Administration and Leadership Challenges of Managing Covid-19 Pandemic in Nigeria
Keywords:Buhari, Administration, COVID-19, Leadership, Challenges.
COVID-19 pandemic caught the entire globe off guard because of the speed and rate of its spread and huge impact on human health and resources. There was no reliable approach to curtail and mitigate the impact both locally and globally. What nations did was at most contingent and experimental. What worked for one country may not at best be applicable to the other. The challenge posed by the pandemic exposed weak and poor governance systems and a litmus test for proactive, reliable and empathic leadership. The situation appears worse for nations that were before the pandemic grappling with issues of resources mismanagement, corruption and poverty as in the case of Nigeria. Given the peculiar political circumstances in Nigeria and that President Buhari was some months into his second term in office when COVID-19 broke-out in Nigeria, it became imperative to examine how his administration responded to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic amidst perennial leadership obstacles bedeviling the country. The study relied on observation, self-reporting and documentaries to evaluate how Buhari’s Administration responded to the pandemic between 27th February and August, 2020. The concept of Political Astigmatism served as the framework for the interpretation of the study. The study discovered that Buhari’s administration complexity of proxies, manifest leadership weakness of his administration’s fight against COVID-19 and decay of Nigeria healthcare system posed as the challenges in response to COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. The study further revealed that trust and integrity are the basis of leadership without which an administration cannot connect to the citizens.