COVID-19 and fate of sceptical political leaders (1), By Isaac N Obasi

The untimely and surprising loss of life of two East African controversial political leaders one at 61 and the varied at 55, is an unforgettable lesson within the misuse of Godly faith in addition to as a total disdain for which itself is a reward and a energy given to man by God himself at creation. The loss of life of coronavirus (COVID-19) sceptic President John Magufuli of on 17 March 2021 on the age of 61 years, and the sooner loss of life of one more COVID-19 sceptic President Pierre Nkurunziza of on 8 June 2020 on the age of 55 years (each of which shrouded in controversial conditions) demonstrated a transparent case of pushing scepticism past limit. 

Scepticism we wrote in this column on 10 July 2020, is all about doubt. And as a philosophical thought and a college of thought, it is now not any longer inherently defective. itself flourishes on scepticism and psychological curiosity. In right truth, scepticism and inquisitiveness are important drivers of scientific discoveries or inventions. The risk of scepticism due to the this truth is depending on its kind and no longer honest scepticism in regular. 

Gradual President of John Magufuli (

As a result, on the one hand, a rational sceptic will stop doubting when there’s overwhelming evidence that clears such doubt. On the varied hand, an irrational sceptic will preserve his/her doubt (shall we embrace over an existence of one thing) even when the evidence is amazingly determined. An irrational sceptic is now not any longer evidence-pushed in his/her methodology to components, in incompatibility to his/her rational counterpart. Each and each so gradually pushed by lack of abilities (knowingly or unknowingly), an irrational sceptic continues doubting in a expose (per chance) to preserve his/her ego. We have now seen conditions of irrational scepticism over coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic internationally. 

•Gradual President of Pierre Nkurunziza   (

Ragged President of the United States of The united states (USA) led the formulation, whereas the President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, and President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, were his essential disciples from South (Latin) The united states. In Africa, tiring Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and tiring Tanzanian President John Magufuli were the two essential COVID-19 skeptics. For me right here, all these 5 leaders fragment one impress of political ideology and apply in general and that is ‘reactionary populism’ borrowing from Jeffrey Sachs and Roberto Unger’s thought of their Lecture Sequence titled: ‘From Reactionary Populism to a Revolutionary Change’. Again, all of them were contaminated by COVID-19 illness, with three surviving and two others uninteresting.     

The mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Trump administration had within the past purchased excessive consideration in this column and so used to be that of the Brazilian President Bolsonaro, who is on document to have appointed the fifth Minister of Properly being these days for the reason that outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fancy Trump, the Brazilian president no longer handiest demonstrated a disdain for and allowed political issues to power his actions, he used to be moreover unperturbed by the hovering COVID-19 fatality figures in his nation. His actions and inactions made Brazil to have an unenviable document of 3,780 deaths in a single day (i.e. Tuesday, 30 March 2021). On the identical date, Brazil recorded a total different of 84,494 contemporary conditions. The well being scheme is already over-overstretched if no longer completely overwhelmed. Here used to be a president who known as coronavirus a “microscopic flu”, a “media trick” and said in 2020 that “solid measures” were “pointless”, and NOW he used to be few days within the past signing an executive sing to suppose 5.3 billion reais ($918) to fight the coronavirus (Gaze after he had led many to loss of life by his early mismanagement of the pandemic. Though this heroic movement is amazingly belated, it’s never too tiring to set the lives of Brazilians who are for the time being and critically in anxiousness. This Bolsonaro-precipitated fate of Brazilians would per chance have been averted early within the fight towards the coronavirus in 2020.

 But one unmistakable aftermath of Bolsonaro’s COVID-19 scepticism is that his political future has been damaged critically. Apt now, he’s dealing with a excessive political crisis and his fate hangs-in-the-steadiness. Fancy , it’s uncertain if Bolsonaro will near out of this political crisis unscratched. 

As for the Mexican president, Andres Obrador, he informed Mexicans in 2020 that “they shouldn’t distress COVID-19”. And despite warnings from world well being officers, he persevered to preserve political rallies, kiss supporters, request that Mexicans stride out buying to prop up the nation’s sputting financial system for the length of a world slowdown. He informed them  “Dwell lifestyles as extraordinary”, and “even as you’re in a situation and have the formulation to attain so, proceed taking your family out to eat”, which in accordance with him “strengthens the financial system”. President Obrador’s comments made Alex Ward to heat as early as 28 March 2020 that “Mexico’s Coronavirus-skeptical president is constructing his nation for a well being crisis” (Gaze That predicted well being crisis is factual there now.

Following Obrador’s actions and inactions, Mexico is with out doubt one of the COVID-19 devastated countries on the original time with 2.23 million conditions. And facts point out that it recorded 4,683 contemporary conditions as of 30 March 2021 with a seven-day realistic of 4,267 conditions. Particulars moreover point out that it recorded a single day’s loss of life of 801 as of 30 March 2021 and moreover a seven-day realistic of 512 (Gaze JHU CSSE COVID-19 Records). 

Then again, the most modern files picture printed that “Mexico has printed revised figures indicating that the different of deaths precipitated by coronavirus is 60% elevated than previously reported. More than 321,000 other folks are now believed to have died from covid-19…thereby placing Mexico with the second very most realistic different of COVID-linked deaths on the planet after the US” (BBC News in a picture titled ‘Covid-19: Mexico revises coronavirus loss of life toll up by 60%’, 28 March 2021). This is the fate of Mexicans precipitated by one man’s total fail to remember for science and pushed by his stubborn and irrational scepticism. Fancy Trump and Bolsonaro, Obrador is alive after carelessly leading others to their untimely loss of life, and like them moreover, his political future will proceed to hang-in-the-steadiness.   

The tiring Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and tiring President John Magufuli of were no longer fortunate to be alive just like the trio mentioned above. This arena will be performed within the second installment by God’s particular grace.

Prof. Obasi of the University of Abuja, is a Visiting (Adjunct) Be taught Professor on the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, (ACAN), ICPC, E mail:  

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