Public Trust and State Management of COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria

01 September 2022, Version 1
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COVID-19 pandemic generated unprecedented global crises with long-lasting consequences. Among the multifarious aftermath of the pandemic is the question of trust at various levels. In this study, I examined the bi-directional nexus between public trust and the management of the pandemic in Nigeria. Using mixed research methods, the study discovered that the main reason for citizens’ resistance to major policies introduced by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic was due to an entrenched lack of trust in the government, its agencies and officials which was further fractured by the management of the pandemic. Government needs to promote public trust through being responsive and responsible, constant and consistent citizens’ engagement, institutionalising transparency and accountability, and engendering a sense of belonging for all citizens.


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