The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday said it was expressed worry over public apprehensions of the collapse of governance command structure in the Buhari Presidency, since, the isolation of Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari.
Kyari had tested positive to the deadly COVID-19.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, also PDP was disturbed by heightening public anxiety over who controls governance machinery as Buhari had remained silent on a new governance command structure, since Kyari, who was supervising ministers and other sensitive government officials, was quarantined.
“The PDP is worried that Nigerians are now at 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 the 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’s 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 had remained silent on the spread of COVID-19 and had 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.”
He called on Buhari to immediately come out clean on who is in charge of the governance structure, since Kyrai has been quarantined.
“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.”
He called on the corporate bodies, the organized business community, international organizations, research and medical institutions and public-spirited individuals to immediately rally with other members of the international community for solutions to check the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
He also urged the groups to concentrate effort towards provision of test kits, medications and facilities.
He, in addition, called on Nigerians to intensify effort in observing directives on social distancing and personal hygiene to check further spread of the pandemic in the country.