The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has expressed concerns over the reported appointment of President Muhammad Buhari as the ECOWAS COVID-19 Response Champion given the failure to personally lead from the front, in the fight against the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria.
In a press statement released by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party counsels the President Buhari to see this appointment as a serious wake up call to make himself more visible and personally involved in the front in this fight against the pandemic in our country, on which pedestal he can champion a response in the sub-region.
Th Peoples Democratic Party notes that the decision of the ECOWAS leaders was predicated on the past leadership roles played by our nation in the sub-region and urged the President to wake up to the challenge and ensure that the laidback approach.
The ECOWAS leaders may not have been properly furnished with the disheartening situation in Nigeria where a prevailing corrupt system had failed to provide panaceas to majority of vulnerable and poor citizens whose means of livelihood had been crippled by the lockdown.
This is in addition to alleged diversion of palliative funds and materials by dishonest officials. The party urged the President to immediately reengineer our national approach by ending the current political parochialism and bringing in our known experts and competent hands in various relevant fields to help develop and implement urgent national strategy to check the spread of the pandemic in our country and the sub-region
He said “The President must look beyond the officials and cronies of his administration; most of whom are bogged down by gross incompetence and corruption, so much that they have failed to develop and implement the desired national proactive response, including provision of drugs, equipment and transparent distribution of paliatives. Our nation needs a response system that can galvanize multilateral interventions to contain and defeat the deadly virus as well as action a quick economic stimulation after the pandemic. Such cannot be done unless the current administration ends its corrupt political parochialism.
The party also urged President to stand up to the challenge, make himself more visible and personally involved in the front, like other leaders; take steps to end the corruption and incompetence that is bogging down the interventions in our country as well as constitute the Eminent Nigerians Group to manage COVID-19 donations so as to eliminate corruption and political bottlenecks.
Furthermore, the Peoples Democratic Party calls on Mr. President to channel all government palliatives to states for implementation through our local governments, traditional and faith-based institutions, while taking urgent steps to slash the price of fuel, reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) recover stolen COVID-19 palliatives and oil subsidy funds and direct such as panacea to Nigerians.