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Explain Reasons Behind ‘Conflict’, ‘Shooting’ At Aso Rock, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to explain to Nigerians the reasons behind an alleged conflict and shooting incident at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The PDP made this demand in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday in reaction to comments made by Aisha Buhari, the First Lady, and a report on a purported security scuffle and ejection.

The First Lady had in a series of Twitter posts on Friday asked Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, to release her aides who were detained.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the aides were arrested on the orders of Idris Kassim, the Chief Security Officer to the President, after Sabiu Yusuf, aka Tunde, a Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, was evicted from the Presidential Villa, for not complying with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The PDP described the purported incident as distressing, alleging that the Presidential Villa is in a chaotic situation due to the alleged absence of leadership by President Buhari.

The major opposition party stated that it is worrisome that Nigeria’s seat of power has turned to a purported violent combat arena.

The statement read:  The party described as distressing, the report that a members (sic) of Mr. President’s family were at scene of the assault against one of President Buhari’s aides, during which the First Lady’s security details were alleged to have resorted to the use of firearms.

“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 bedevilled by myriads of security and economic problems under President Buhari’s  watch in the last five years.”

The PDP said President Buhari must “speak out” over the purported incident and reassure Nigerians that the Presidential Villa is safe, especially at this period when the country is facing security challenges.

The party demanded that the president launches an immediate inquest into the incident and the alleged breach of the COVID-19 protocol by the said official, as well as resolve the power tussle in the Presidency.

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