The Peoples Democratic Party has said “the manifest incompetence” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), also as his failure to steer from the front are liable for Nigeria’s failure to see the spread of COVID-19.
The PDP raised the alarm following the rise in infection and mortality rates in Nigeria.
It said this might are curtailed if the state had a competent, proactive and transparent leadership with the capacity to articulate a fast national response to the pandemic.
This was contained during a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Sunday.
Ologbondiyan said, “The party notes that things had been worsened by greedy and corrupt All Progressives Congress leaders and therefore the cabal within the Presidency, who are cashing in on President Buhari’s ineffectiveness to pillage resources meant for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in our country.”
But in its response, the Buhari Media Organisation, dismissed PDP’s allegations.
It insisted that the President is setting transparency standards within the management of the COVID-19 funds that the PDP finds difficult to grasp .
The BMO said this during a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, respectively.
The BMO statement read partially , “President Muhammadu Buhari is setting a typical in transparency and integrity with the handling of Covid-19 funds that the Peoples Democratic Party is finding difficult to grasp .”
However, the PDP stressed that it had been distressing that since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria, the President had not demonstrated the specified visibility; addressed the state only thrice (each time, after much prodding), after which he had remained out of public visibility, resulting in lack of effective coordination of the fight against the pandemic.
According to the PDP spokesperson, President Buhari’s backseat approach had also encouraged the reckless pillaging of COVID-19 palliatives by his officials, leaving majority of poor and vulnerable Nigerians unattended to; a principal factor liable for the overall poor compliance to lockdown directives in major cities.
On the gradual easing of the lockdown, the PDP said, “given that Mr President is functioning from a blind spot thanks to his narrow involvement within the fight.”
It said, “His (Buhari’s) reopening of the economy with none post-lockdown stimulus had further worsened things because the resultant economic stampede had led to massive violation of health safety and social distancing protocols.”
The party also said the President’s failure is additionally liable for our nation’s inability to rally indigenous researchers, manufactures, virologists and healers for homegrown solutions, which might have arrested things in our country.