The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for violating COVID-19 protocols in public.
In a statement titled, ‘PDP Expresses Dismay By Buhari’s Violation of COVID-19 Law…Charges Nigerians Not to Follow Such Examples’, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP urged Nigerians not to emulate Buhari.
The party accused the president of violating the same rules he signed five days ago as he was pictured without a mask in a gathering of All Progressive Congress stakeholders in Daura, Katsina state during the flag-off of the APC’s membership registration.
Part of the statement read, “It is indeed scandalous that while Nigerians are striving to obey the COVID-19 regulation, which stipulates the compulsory wearing of nose mask and physical distancing in the public, they are being confronted with reports of open violation of the law by Mr. President at the All Progressives Congress’ membership revalidation exercise in his hometown, Daura, Katsina state on Saturday.
1/Today, I joined other Governors and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (@OfficialAPCNg) in Daura, Katsina State for the flag-off of the APC membership registration. pic.twitter.com/6YiN1qx3kN
— Hope Uzodimma (@Hope_Uzodimma1) January 30, 2021
“We ask, with this violation, does the Buhari administration and its officials still have the rectitude to enforce sanctions on any other defaulter in the absence of necessary regrets by President Buhari and his party, the APC?
“In this regard, the onus lies on President Buhari and the APC to clean up the mess by tendering an unreserved apology to Nigerians and take steps to observe necessary regrets over this violation.”
The new regulation prescribes a six-month jail term for violators of the protocol.