The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over alleged crippling of governance structure in Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari tested positive for coronavirus.
Speaking in a statement issued on Wednesday, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Kyari’s situation has brought about anxiety among Nigerians as to who is in charge of governance in the country, given the Chief of Staff’s crucial role to Buhari’s government.
According to him, “The PDP is worried that Nigerians are now at a loss regarding who the cabinet ministers and other officials of the Federal Government currently report to, a development that has sparked apprehensions of a collapse of governance command structure at the Federal Executive.
“Already, there is heightened public apprehensions that the development could have been the reason behind the cancellation of Tuesday and Wednesday’s scheduled Federal Government’s briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic thereby denying Nigerians much needed update on issues relating to the coronavirus disease.
“The party notes that Nigerians are distressed that Buhari has remained silent on the spread of COVID-19 and has failed to address the nation since some Presidency officials, as well as some state governors and other high profile officials and individuals reportedly tested positive to the virus.”
The party went on condem the president’s continued silence over coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria, adding such was not only indicative of a failed leadership but also raises anxiety in the country.
He added: “Our party wants President Buhari to note that, what Nigerians expect of him at this point in our history is to end his silence, be visible and take up the challenge of personally leading in governance, particularly in this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, like other leaders across the globe.
“The PDP also counsels President Buhari to wake up and engage other world leaders, international bodies and global health sector stakeholders for solution.”