One of the lessons we must learn from the COVID-19 crisis is that leadership cannot be on party basis. Leadership cannot be zoned. You can zone political offices, but the office does not define the man, but the man defines the office.
Crisis management requires thinking ahead of the challenges, especially if you are given an advance notice.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent deaths in the US, UK, and Italy are as a result of poor leadership in these countries as stated in previous lessons.
In this video, you can see returnees from the UK stranded for several hours including the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba.
When I heard the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 say that the returnees will first land in Lagos, then be flown to Abuja for isolation, I was wondering why. Why for God’s sake not fly them to Abuja and then let the plane fly to Lagos? If they must fly to Lagos, you could have made preparations down to receive them. There must have been a perfection of the drill on how to receive them in Lagos, and the transition should not take more than 1 hour.
1. If there is any person with COVID-19 in that flight, he/she can infect others in the flight because they were crowded without social distancing rules being obeyed.
2. In the new airplane, the chances of infecting the new crew of the transit plane is also there.
3. Increased cost
The good thing is that people like the former speaker was sitting on the tarmac too. He was said to have just had a surgery in the UK.
Read previous Lessons From COVID-19 here.
Incompetence and irresponsibility in our public services do not respect tribe, religion, or status in times of crisis like this. What we don’t correct and speak against when we are in power, will wait for us when we are out of office or in old age.
The future starts now. Let’s all resolve to make Nigeria work efficiently.
I hope Nigerians will learn from the lessons of COVID-19.
God bless you.