In Lagos, the Masks Are Gone and So Is Trust in National Govt

"The government's ability to harness public trust is crucial for managing the COVID-19 pandemic and finding ways out of the crisis. A major driver is that the social contract between the Nigerian government and her citizens only seems to come into existence during elections, causing a lack of trust in the government, and widespread skepticism about its coronavirus messaging. A large number of Lagosians could already be seen walking around without masks. The masks are gone almost completely. Local buses were also quick in no longer adhering to the social distance regulations set out by the government. Life has gradually returned to how it once was; normal, carefree, overcrowded. The coronavirus of course remains in Nigeria but not everyone believes so, or cares", writes Socrates Mbamalu for This Is Africa.



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