…Says the president should address the nation now
BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end his taciturnity and personally address the nation, without any further delay on strange elements that have been exposed as having taken over critical issues of governance, including security matters.
The opposition Party counseled the Buhari Presidency not to attempt to use the decoy of silence to sweep such issue of grave national concern under the carpet, saying that such could compound the security situation in the country.
The PDP noted that Nigerians have become apprehensive that the Presidency has remained mute in the face of revelations of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno that Presidential responsibilities, including presiding over very sensitive security matters, have been taken over by the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who now functions as a de facto President.
In a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that Monguno raised salient issues concerning the state of security as well as internal factors in the presidency that are frustrating the fight against insurgency and acts of violence ravaging our country.
The party urged Nigerians to note that any President, who is on top of issues of governance, and who has not relinquished his duties, would have immediately addressed the nation on such an issue of urgent national importance.
The Party specifically lamented that President Buhari’s taciturn posturing in the face of a command crisis is worsening the already perilous security situation and further validates global apprehensions that Mr. President has become overwhelmed by the demands of his office and completely abdicated his duties to a cabal.
In the words of Ologbondiyan; “It is indeed distressing to the nation that the situation threatens our national stability and could heightens anxieties in the security hierarchy regarding whose orders to obey.
“Mr. President holds it as a duty to Nigerians to personally speak to the situation immediately as our nation is undergoing an insecurity situation that is unknown to our national history.”
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP, as a party, that has the interest of the nation at heart, has the responsibility to invite President Buhari to address Nigerians on this matter.