The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to demand the whereabouts of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo from President Muhammadu Buhari‘s government.
Naija News reports that the IPOB leader who is on exile, made this comment in reaction to the statement of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, saying the President has extended the gradual easing of Coronavirus lockdown in the country for another two weeks.
The SGF had said: “Based on the recommendations of the PTF, Mr President has approved the following:
“i) The measures, exemptions, advisories and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May 2020 to 1st June 2020);
“ii) intensifying efforts to “tell (communicate), trace (identify) and treat (manage)’ cases;
“iii) elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions;
“iv) Maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks;
“v) Imposition of precision lockdown in states, or in metropolitan/high-burden LGAs, that are reporting a rapidly increasing number of cases when the need arises. This would be complemented with the provision of palliatives and continued re-evaluation of the impact of the interventions; and
“vi) Aggressive scale-up of efforts to ensure that communities are informed, engaged and participating in the response with enhanced public awareness in high-risk states,” Mustapha announced on Monday, May 18, during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Apparently displeased with the announcement, the PDP issued a statement, condemning President Buhari for not announcing the extension of gradual lockdown ease himself.
“Our party points out that nowhere in our laws are the powers to broadcast Presidential executive orders to declare curfew and restriction of movements vested in the Office of the SGF. The action of the SGF has brought serious confusion in the polity regarding the legality or otherwise of the directives contained in the SGF’s announcement,” the PDP had said in a statement.
Reacting to the action of the SGF and the statement issued by the PDP, Kanu said: “Last night I wrote in my penultimate post that “Boss Mustapha made an announcement which the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo ought to have made in the absence of Mr President.
“It is an abomination in a democracy for a mere political appointee to issue a directive to citizens who cannot hold him accountable through the ballot box.
“This is Government 101. The TV station knew that was not only wrong and democratically untenable, it was a subversion of the Constitution and will of the people.
“Later that same night the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, issued a statement, rebuking the government for using Boss Mustapha to issue directives to Nigeria citizens.
“This is how it will be in the future, Nigerians will troop to Biafraland to learn how to run a democratic government and we Biafrans would be glad to teach them for free because they are fellow Africans.
“The correct question PDP should be asking the Nigerian government is, where is the Vice President and why is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation doing his job when he is still alive and well?” Kanu question.