The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lampooned the Muhammadu Buhari administration for the entrance of the dreaded coronavirus into Nigeria. Specifically, the PDP blamed the Presidency for its negligence and laidback attitude to governance and the welfare of Nigerians. In fact, the opposition party claimed this had resulted in the avoidable entrance of coronavirus into the country.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday.
The PDP says it was evident that the Presidency, not being alive to its responsibilities, as usual; took no concrete steps to hedge Nigeria against the virus, leading to the current scary situation.
‘‘The PDP notes that a responsive and proactive government would have mobilised effective surveillance and screening measures to ward off the menace; particularly at our entry points. But the incompetent, insensitive and indifferent Buhari administration; was more interested in propaganda and unnecessary showboating with false performance claims.’’
Further, the party recalled that the administration had done nothing to assist Nigerian citizens stranded in China despite their pleas; also accusing it of abandoning Nigerians being murdered in the heat of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
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‘‘Nigerians should directly hold the Presidency responsible should any national calamity arise from COVID-19; in addition to the economic and security challenges its negligence had caused our nation. Indeed, the Buhari government is a huge misfortune to our nation.
”This latest leadership failure further validates widespread calls for it to step aside for more competent hands to manage the affairs of our country.’’
Meanwhile, the PDP has called on Nigerians not to despair but stir up the Nigerian resilient spirit for an urgent; multi-sectoral concerted effort by agencies, groups, corporate entities and public-spirited individuals to immediately curb the disease before it spreads; particularly given the prevalent security, economic and humanitarian challenges in the country.
Additionally, the party called on the Federal Government to end its cosmetic attitude and immediately adopt the proactive strategy; used by the PDP administration to promptly contain the Ebola Virus disease in 2014. Also, it advised Nigerians to be very vigilant and follow intervention directives to ensure that the disease does not spread.