The Vanguard Newspapers report that The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, May 10, 2020, claimed the incompetence of the Buhari presidency as well as a failure to personally lead from the front is responsible for Nigeria‘s challenge with controlling the unusual spread of the dreaded corona virus.
The newspaper stated the increase in the virus infection and mortality rates should have been prevented if Nigeria had a competent, proactive and transparent leader with a capability to swiftly craft a nation-wide response to the covid-19.
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The Punch Newspapers also corroborated this view that the People’s Democratic Party blamed Buhari’s lack of competence alongside his failure to lead from the front as possible reasons why Nigeria’s had not yet succeeded with checking the spread of corona virus.
This assertion was contained in a statement signed by Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP’s National Public Secretary, in Abuja.
Kola remarked, the PDP notes that the situation had been complicated by greedy and corrupt All progressive Congress (APC) leaders and the cabal in the presidency, who are taking advantage of the president’s weakness with the managing resources meant for the campaign against corona virus spread in Nigeria.
Buhari Debunks the Allegation
The Punch Newspapers reported that in a swift response, the Buhari Media Organization refuted the claim with a statement signed by Niyi Akisiju (Chairman) and Cassidy Madueke (Secretary) respectively stating the president was devising transparency standards for the successful dispense of the corona virus funds and that this was what the opposition party had had difficulty coming to terms with.
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The PDP’s Side of the Story
The Punch Newspaper, however stressed it was annoying that since the outbreak, the President who had not given sufficient visibility; addressed Nigeria only three times after much prompting, after which he had disappeared from public visibility, leading to a lack of effective coordination in Nigeria’s fight against the pandemic.
On the gradual relaxation of the lockdown, the PDP noted the president’s reopening of the economy without any post-lockdown stimulus had further worsened the situation as the consequent economic stampede resulted in the massive violation of health safety and social distancing standards.
The PDP also said the Buhari’s poor performance was responsible for Nigeria’s challenge with rallying indigenous researchers, manufacturers, virologists and healers of home-grown remedies, which would have minimized the virus spread in Nigeria.
Also Track News reported yesterday that indications had emerged that the presidency and some House of Representatives members might likely have a fight after Monday’s plenary regarding the appointment of Dr. Amobi, Managing Director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc. (NBET).
This news source, made it known on Sunday, May 10, 2020, in Abuja that the lower legislative chamber’s Committee of Power had had issues with the NBET’s boss, following what was described as allegations of corruptions against Marilyn Amobi.
But, the situation was said to have degenerated as at February 16, 2020 when the committee members proceeded on an oversight visit to the NBET and engaged in a fisticuff with the chief executive after alleging she was corrupt, incompetent and insubordinate.
In a video that went viral on the internet after the trip, some of the lawmakers accused the NBET boss of amassing N2 billion monthly earnings to herself.
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Meanwhile, The Vanguard Newspaper remarked the president Buhari’s claimed principles including a zero-tolerance for corruption and fierce patriotism in the past military regime largely influenced his return as a democratically elected-President.
Then, he was renowned as a tough and determined army general who was in control of troops occupying some Nigerian islands in the Lake Chad region without permission.
As a military leader in the 1908’s, the former army leader exhibited a charming persuasion to lead Nigeria in the interest of the masses without much discrimination.
Unfortunately, President Buhari’s term as Nigeria’s president in the past five years, had been bedeviled with regular terrorist attacks, occupation in the North Eastern region and allegations of corruption.
And as a democratic leader, he had shown some relapse in principle, declaring he was a sectional leader responsible for those who voted for him during election.
He persuaded foreign aid donors, to focus their anti-poverty schemes on the northern part, instead of on Nigeria as a whole.
Also, the incidence of murderous herdsmen attacks in the country, had put some state governments in a situation where they had no alternative than to negotiate with armed, organized bandits or experience burglary, loss of lives or property.
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