The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed worry that cabinet ministers and other officials of the federal government will not be able to report to Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been isolated.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Kyari tested positive to the deadly coronavirus on Tuesday and has been immediately moved to an isolation center in Lagos State.
In a statement on Wednesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the opposition party was disturbed by heightening public anxiety over who controls governance machinery.
This is as the PDP claimed that Buhari had remained silent since Kyari, who was supervising the ministers and other sensitive government officials, has been isolated.
He said, “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 PDP called on Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on who was in charge of the governance structure, since the isolation of his top aide.
Ologbondiyan said, “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.”