Former Presidential Candidate in the 2019 elections and a well known ally of President Buhari, Adamu Garba, has berated the President for his response to the COVID-19 infection currently spreading among Nigerians.
Adamu Garba expressed his disappointment in President Buhari whom he has always supported for the way his government has been responding to the viral infection that has grounded economic activities in the country to a halt.
Making a statement via his Twitter handle, @adamugarba, Mr. Garba said Presidents are supposed to lead their people from the front at a time like this.
He stated that President Buhari’s silence has been loud as he is nowhere to be found.
He expressed his disappointment that nothing was allocated to ease the plight of ordinary Nigerians who cannot work for their daily bread because of the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
He asked the president why the common man always have to be the last option in the country.
He said a democratic nation like Nigeria should not be run the way President Buhari is running the country.
Read Excerpts from his speech below:
“Despite my well known support for the President @MBuhari, I cannot go with the fact that I’m grossly disappointed in the way he is handling this Covid-19 Crisis.
Presidents, at this kind of time should be on the forefront of the citizens, reassuring them of efforts on safety.
The President’s main constituency is the poor, in his tweets, N10Bn was allotted to Lagos, 5Bn to @NCDC, but nothing was made available for common men & women who have no means of livelihood against the backdrop of stay-at-home order.
Why would ordinary Nigerians be last option?
What is more challenging is the complete silence from the President himself, who should take the center stage & show his commitment, physically, emotionally & mentally in solidarity with the citizens at this trying times.
All we hear is rumor everywhere, where is the President?
A democratic nation should not run like this. A situation where our President is not in front of Cameras attending to the citizens cannot be what we hope for in democracy.
I trust in the President sincere intention for Nigeria, but there must be demonstration in times like this.
The Conscientiousness of a country lies on the Presidential seat. The Moral Compass of anyone holding such high office should direct citizens by empathy & compassion
Presidents are like the Sun through which all citizens derives energy, like solar system. Silence is undeserving.
Who is responsible for poor & vulnerable citizens? Who should be there for them?
Where is the N1.1Tr & N50Bn intervention fund released by the CBN? to whom? Can ordinary Nigerian access this fund? How?
He concluded by appealing to President Buhari to personally address the issues he raised.
“The President need to come forward & address us properly about these issues.”