By Lateef Ibrahim
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians not to resign to fate and jeopardize their lives following the failure if the federal government to find direction in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in our country despite the huge resources at its disposal.
The PDP has thus charged Nigerians, as well as states, not to drop their guards but to further intensify their personal and community protection strategies, seeing that the President Buhari-led Federal Government has reached its wits end and has no plans to rescue Nigerians from the throes of this pandemic.
The party said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The leading opposition party lamented that the Buhari Presidency and its Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had compounded the situation by crippling the economy after which they are now leaving Nigerians to their fate without providing any therapeutic or operable containment strategy to stem the rising spread and fatalities of COVID-19 in our country.
The PDP pointed out that it is disheartening that officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Government are more interested in TV shows, self-praise, photo-ops, diversion of palliatives, as well as needless political parochialism at the expense of the lives of Nigerians.
According to the PDP, “Our party notes that the inept leadership of Buhari Presidency failed to engage our indigenous medical experts and manufacturers for home grown solutions in therapeutics, test kits and ventilators; leading to an avoidable spike of the pandemic in our country.
“Nigerians would recall that our party had continued to warn against the over-reliance on foreign solutions at this time when every nation is more interested in its own challenges, a situation that even put our nation at risk of serving as guinea pigs for medical experimentations.
“Moreover, President Buhari’s lockdown order failed because Mr. President failed to address the corruption in his administration that scuttled the distribution of necessary palliatives to most of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians, whose survival depended on daily income from the streets.
“Rather than overhauling the corrupt network in charge of distributing the palliatives, President Buhari accepted the imaginary figures of beneficiaries being reeled out by officials while leaving Nigerians to their horrendous fate.