The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Presidency of not “being alive” to its responsibilities, by failing to take the necessary measures to prevent the entry of coronavirus in the country.
Nigerians woke up to the news on Friday that the first case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was brought to the country by an Italian.
According to Health Minister Osagie Ehanire, who confirmed the development, the Italian citizen whose identity has not yet been revealed works in Nigeria and just returned from Milan on February 25, 2020.
Dr. Ehanire explained that travelers were not isolated due to the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that the United Nations agency said that newcomers should also be advised to be isolated for 14 days, in the interest from your family and loved ones.
The PDP, in a statement signed by its national advertising secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday rebuked the Buhari Presidency for its neglect and relaxed attitude, emphasizing that “a responsive and proactive government would have mobilized effective surveillance and screening measures for fend off the threat. “
The party noted that the welfare of Nigerians must be highly placed, but no concrete steps have been taken so far to curtail the virus from getting into the country, leading to the current frightening situation.
“The PDP notes that a responsive and proactive government would have mobilized effective surveillance and screening measures to ward off the threat, particularly at our points of entry, but Buhari’s incompetent, insensitive and indifferent administration was more interested in unnecessary propaganda and exhibitions with false arguments. performance claims.
“The PDP said that Nigerians should hold the Buhari Presidency directly accountable in the event of any national calamity in COVID-19, in addition to the economic and security challenges that their neglect has caused to our nation.”
The PDP also added that Nigerians can no longer move freely around the country for fear of insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and now coronaviruses.
“The PDP, therefore, asks Nigerians not to despair, but to stimulate Nigeria’s resilient spirit through an urgent concerted and multisectoral effort by agencies, groups, corporate bodies and public officials to immediately contain the disease before it spreads, particularly due to the prevailing security, economic and humanitarian challenges in the country.
“The party asked the federal government to end its aesthetic attitude and immediately adopt the proactive strategy used by the PDP government to promptly contain Ebola disease in 2014,” the statement said in parts.