The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speak up and personally address the nation, without any further delay, on the command crisis rocking the Presidency, in which strange elements have been exposed as having taken over critical issues of governance, including security matters.
The opposition party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Nigerians had become apprehensive that the Presidency had remained mute in the face of revelations by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, that Presidential responsibilities, including presiding over very sensitive security matters, had been taken over by the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who now functions as a de facto President.
The party also called on 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 PDP said that President Buhari’s taciturn posturing in the face of a command crisis was worsening the nation’s already perilous security situation and further validated global apprehensions that Mr. President had become overwhelmed by the demands of his office and completely abdicated his duties to a cabal.
“It is indeed distressing to the nation that the situation threatens our national stability and could heighten anxieties in the security hierarchy regarding whose orders to obey,” Ologbondiyan said.
The party insisted that “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.”
“The PDP, as a party, that has the interest of our nation at heart, has the responsibility to invite Mr. President to address Nigerians on this matter.
“Our party therefore counsels the Buhari Presidency not to attempt to use the decoy of silence to sweep such issue of grave national concern under the carpet, as such could compound the security situation in the country,” Ologbondiyan said.