The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday expressed concern over the perceived collapse of command structure in the government since the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, was hospitalized for coronavirus.
Kyari tested positive for the disease on Tuesday.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was disturbed by heightening public anxiety over who controls governance machinery in the current administration since Kyari’s incapacitation.
The statement read: “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 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 updates on issues relating to the coronavirus disease.
“The party notes that Nigerians are distressed that President 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.
“The PDP calls on President Buhari to immediately come out clean on who is in charge of the governance structure, since Malam Kyrai has been quarantined.
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“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 a solution.”
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