The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed dismay over alleged shooting and security breaches within the precincts of the Presidential villa.
Reports emerged at the weekend that on Thursday some aides of President Muhammadu Buhari and the First Lady engaged in an altercation at the Villa that snowballed into that of Aisha’s firing gunshot culminating in their arrest including her ADC, Usman Shugaba.
Trouble reportedly erupted after Aisha insisted that Buhari’s Personal Assistant and Private Secretary, Sabiu Tunde Yusuf must self-isolate on his return to the Villa after travelling to Lagos.
“That COVID-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently, I call on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr. President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines.
“Especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials. Anyone who does that should at the very least be made to under go a 14 days mandatory isolation no matter who the person is, no one should be above the law and the Police command will do well to remember that.
“Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to COVID-19 while in their custody,” Mrs Buhari hinted about the face-off in series of tweets.
Weighing in on the matter, in a statement its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan released, the PDP, flayed Buhari and accused him of utter incompetence.
The party expressed deep worry the protracted spat between the first family’s aides describing the report as distressing.
“Our party is disturbed by such ugly situation in the Buhari Presidency, which has already heightened apprehensions in the public space over the apparent failure of security architecture and central command system in the presidency leading to such reckless and irresponsible breaches.
“The chaotic situation in the Presidential villa only points to the failure by President Buhari to provide a leadership that can guarantee orderliness in governance and effectively ensure the security of our nation.
“The PDP notes that such leadership failure at the highest level has further exposed why our nation has been bedeviled by myriads of security and economic problems under President Buhari’s watch in the last five years.
“More worrisome is that the Buhari Presidency had failed to speak out on the frightening situation so as to reassure Nigerians and douse the tension in the polity; especially at this critical time when our nation is facing serious security challenges.
“The PDP therefore calls on President Buhari to take immediate steps to restore order in his Presidency and shield our security system from the division and power tussle among persons close to him.
“Our party also demands for an immediate inquest into the security breaches as well as the alleged violation of COVID-19 ban on inter-state travels by officials and relations of Mr. President, which was reported to be part of the immediate causes of latest disturbances in the Presidential villa.
“Furthermore, the PDP urges the National Assembly to save the nation by wading into the persistent infighting in the Buhari Presidency especially as those in charge of the Presidential villa have not demonstrated the required capacity to engender the needed orderliness for productive governance,” it stated.