The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed grave concern over the continued silence of President Muhammadu Buhari since the earth shaking revelation that Abba Kyari, his Chief of Staff, has usurped his constitutional powers as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
The party called on the President to end his taciturnity and personally address the country, 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.
According to a statement by the PDP: “Nigerians have become apprehensive that the Presidency had remained mute in the face of revelations of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. 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 defacto President.
“In his petition, Gen. Monguno raised salient issues concerning the state of security as well as internal factors in the presidency frustrating the fight against insurgency and acts of violence ravaging our country.
“The party invites 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 lamented that President Buhari’s taciturn posturing in the face of a command crisis is worsening our 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.
The party further lamented that It is indeed distressing to the country that the situation threatens our national stability and could heightens anxieties in the security hierarchy regarding whose orders to obey.
The PDP insisted that Mr. President holds it as a duty to Nigerians to personally speak to the situation immediately as the country is undergoing an insecurity situation that is unknown to our national history.
The PDP said, as a party that has the interest of the country at heart, it has the responsibility to invite Mr. President to address Nigerians on this matter.
The party said it 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.