President Muhammadu Buhari‘s led administration has been challenged by the Nigeria opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to declare public how it carried out the distribution of funds meant to be given to citizens as COVID-19 palliative.
The party in a recent statement signed and released by its spokesperson, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, asked the APC administration to explain to Nigerians how it managed the scheme which was aimed at cushioning the stay-home effect.
According to PDP in the statement, the scheme which was meant to be a relief for citizens at this time of the pandemic has been exposed to a huge scam.
PDP, however, charged its party governors to support their counterparts in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in handling the dreadful disease which has claimed hundreds of lives.
“Had the Buhari-led Presidency involved the states and allowed for a multilayered, people-based approach in the distribution of palliatives, development of therapeutics and implementation of protocols, the situation would have been better handled,” PDP suggested.
The statement reads in part: “Now that the Buhari Presidency has come to its wit’s end, our party urges governors elected on the platform of the PDP to assist their colleagues in the APC with information, strategies and expertise, for an effective national response for the pandemic.
“Furthermore, we urge Mr President and his PTF to do the nation a favour by taking accommodation in the backseat and allowing competent hands to manage the situation.
“Our party urges the state governors to brace up to the occasion and rally the private sector for homegrown solutions, which the APC-led Federal Government had failed to achieve due to sheer incompetence and
“We, therefore, charge the Buhari Presidency to immediately give a detailed account of all funds and other resources it claimed to have spent, particularly on palliatives; a scheme that has been exposed to be a huge scam.”
Meanwhile, the Kano State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made the wearing of face masks compulsory before worship can hold in any church.